Photo: "Attic, St. Joseph's Church"


St. Joseph's Church in San Francisco, California was reconstructed in 1913 after experiencing significant damage from the 1906 quake. This attic in the West steeple has the original stained glass from construction. 

Being in this small space was pretty remarkable. The stained glass windows were shining beautifully in the sunlight, casting yellow hues around the room. 

Photo: "Light Inside"

I had the opportunity last week to make a return trip to the beautiful St. Joseph's Church in San Francisco. 

In 1906, an earthquake and fire destroyed this building. It was reconstructed in 1913 and remained in operation until the 1989 quake when it was deemed structurally unsound. The church has been vacant since. 

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Photo: "Romanesque Curves"


St. Joseph's was re-constructed in 1913, after being completely destroyed in the 1906 quake. San Francisco architect John Foley was hired to design the building and chose the Romanesque Revival Style, which was not very common for this time period, as it was primarily utilized many years prior. 

To read more about the church, please visit my historical essay:

Photo: "The Narthex"


St. Joseph's Church in San Francisco was originally constructed in 1865. Many years later, the complex was destroyed by fire during the earthquake of 1906. 

The building you see here was erected in 1913 and still stands today, but the church has been closed since 1989, when its structure was compromised during the Loma Prieta quake. 

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Photo: "Shadows Tell One Hundred Stories"

Stained glass window, St. Joseph's Church

This large stained glass window spans another 6-8 feet down to the ground floor below. However, after the church was re-constructed, in 1913, after being destroyed by fire from the San Francisco quake of 1906, this small attic-like space was added to this room, visually splitting the beautiful window in half.