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Who’s Playing At T̶h̶e̶ ̶M̶o̶r̶g̶u̶e̶ The Chapel Tonight?

November 6, 2014
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Ad for a mortuary at 777 Valencia St, from the 1948 city directory:

1948 The Chapel SF directory

A photo from 1964, via SFPL

1964 777 Valencia The Chapel AAC-4962

In case you need a hint:

2014 The Chapel GSV

I wonder if the Chapel ever considered calling themselves The Morgue.

Just discovered JunkThief’s post on it, including pictures when it was a rather jaunty lime green:

2000 777-valencia

I never noticed detail in the windows before:

original windows - former Gantner-Maison Funeral Directors, San Francisco, Calif.

The two letters carved above the window spell out g m, representing the Ganter-Maison names, the Domergue company merged later on.

Zoom and enhance:

The chapel window detail gm

Funeral records from Gantner-Maison-Domergue are available at the ever awesome SF Genealogy. Just one example:

CALI0002D_031-Gantner-Maison-Domergue-Book-13-A-to-_M_00008

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2014 10:46 am

    I remember swinging on the swing someone installed on that horizontal tree branch in front when it was unoccupied maybe ten years ago, and looking up to see a rope attached to an eyelet screwed into the second story window frame. I think someone was squatting in there and that was their entrance.

  2. November 8, 2014 12:12 am

    Don’t even get me started on Urban Putt…

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