San Francisco, April 1906| Emporium rear view from Mission St.| City of Paris, Geary at Stockton
Gift of Patricia Brenzel Vercelli

The photographs are mounted on black paper. The front photo shows the ruins of the rear of the Emporium, from Mission Street. The second photo shows the ruins of the City of Paris department store on Geary and Stockton.

In 1850 the Verdier brothers, immigrants from France, opened a store aboard the ship La Ville de Paris to serve the Argonauts passing through San Francisco's harbor. In 1896 the business, which stayed in the family for over a century and a quarter, moved into a new building designed by architect Clinton Day, damaged by the 1906 earthquake, its interior was reconstructed by architects John Bakewell and Arthur J. Brown. The old City of Paris building was one of the finest examples of the beaux-arts style of commercial building in California. Location: SE corner of Geary and Stockton Sts, San Francisco. It was taken over by Neimann Marcus in approximatley 1975.

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