Portals of the Past


Where the Masonic center stands, on the southwest corner of California and Hyde, was once the mansion of A. Towne.  When the Towne mansion burned in the 1906 fire, the doorway remained, framing a view of the ruins of downtown. Called Portal to the Past, the doorway was transported to Lloyd Lake in Golden Gate Park where it stands today.

Towne Mansion before 1906.



Towne Masion in Ruins.


 



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