Noe Valley Historic Photos

The western edges of Noe Valley appear in this view looking northwest from Red Rock Hill toward Twin Peaks, possibly as early as the 1880s. Running up the hill is Twenty-fifth Street. Clipper Street did not yet extend uphill from Douglass Street. (Courtesy of the Noe Valley Archives.)
The corner of Twenty-fourth and Church Streets was the center of the business district in Horner’s Addition when this picture was taken in 1878. On the corner is the Hoffmann family’s “Cheap Cash Grocery” store, while facing the Twenty-fourth Street side is Hubbert’s meat market. (Courtesy of the Noe Valley Archives.)
In this view looking east along Twenty-second Street toward the Mission District from Chattanooga Street, the little Number 11 streetcar makes its way toward Noe Valley. Hartje’s grocery store is on the left of this 1903 photo. (Courtesy of the Noe Valley Archives.)
This early view of the two Castro Street cable car barns on Castro Street at the corner of Jersey Street was taken on a blustery August day in 1921. The Market Street Railway Company abandoned the property in 1941, and it became a Safeway market in about 1943, and later it was the fondly remembered Little Bell market. At the turn of the 21st century, the barn on the left was the Walgreen’s drugstore and the site of the barn on the right was a parking lot. (Courtesy of the Noe Valley Archives.)
A cable car approaches Twenty-fourth Street as it reaches the commercial heart of Noe Valley, c. 1938. The intersection has changed little in the ensuing decades, although the stop signs have long since been superseded by a traffic light. (Courtesy of the Noe Valley Archives.)
Rubberneckers gather to gawk at a collision at the corner of Twenty-fourth Street and Castro Street in the 1920s. The eastbound Number 11 Hoffman Electric car (left) apparently struck the southbound Castro Street Cable Car in the intersection. It is interesting to see how similar the electric trolleys were to the cable cars in their basic design. (Courtesy of the Noe Valley Archives.)
The terminus of the Number 11 Hoffman electric streetcar line on Twenty-fourth Street at Hoffman Avenue was still a work in progress in August 1916. Paving stones were being pulled out in preparation for pouring concrete. Passengers at the end of the line could nip into the corner grocery to buy California wine for a nickel. (Courtesy of the Noe Valley Archives.)
In this c.1954 view looking west along Twenty-fourth Street toward the intersection with Noe Street, the Noe Theater is the dominant landmark in Noe Valley. The films playing date to 1949 and 1950, and the Chevrolet parked in front of the theater is a 1950 model. (Courtesy of the Noe Valley Archives.)
A contemporary panoramic view from Diamond Heights. Except for the larger trees, Noe Valley has changed only slightly, while the downtown San Francisco skyline has changed considerably. (Photo by Bill Yenne.)

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