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De Young Guard Tower

November 30, 2010

We Built This City got a rare look at the top of the fabled guard observation tower at the de Young.

I took WBTC’s five shots from the middle of Golden Gate Park and stitched it into a panorama:

Lincoln Park to Sutro, in the house! 225º and 5000 pixels (click to zoom).

GGB and a secret Sutro:

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. andy permalink
    December 1, 2010 2:40 am

    That view ain’t rare man, it’s open to the public every day! Good for double-exposures!

    • December 1, 2010 1:41 pm

      Rare as in *I* haven’t been up there yet.

    • December 2, 2010 11:50 am

      Yeah I think it’s actually free to go up too. The elevator to the observation deck is on the opposite side of the admission/ticketed entry area to the museum. So whether or not it is the museum’s intent, there is no one checking for tickets when you go up to the deck.

  2. December 1, 2010 8:59 am

    Thanks, I was too lazy to do that. :)

  3. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable permalink
    December 2, 2010 10:35 am

    When I first moved to SF in the mid-90s, I was living in the Bayview and my first sort of introduction to SF-lore was this weird old guy who lived in the basement of my house. I don’t think he paid rent, but the landlady let him live there because the space was un-rentable otherwise (a previous tweaker tenant having done things like tear all the plaster & lathe off the walls) and he kind of kept an eye on the place.

    Anyway, he, and his walking-Tom-Waits-song group of friends, always referred to Sutro Tower as “The Devil’s Tripod”, a habit that I picked up from them and more or less continue to this day. However, people tend to look at me like I am similarly crazy for calling it that.

    I don’t particularly mind that, however I am curious whether any of you have any insight to the history of that nickname?

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