PREPARATIONS TO REBUILD SAN FRANCISCO ON LINES
RECOMMENDED BY BURNHAM
W.J. Bartnett of the Western Pacific Railroad Company states that plans for making San Francisco the most beautiful city in the world will soon be under way that all the funds needed for the immense work will be forthcoming when required. The intention is to follow, as far as expedient the suggestions embodied in the report of Architect Daniel S. Burnham of the [committee for the] adornment and beautification of San Francisco. Telegrams have been sent all over the country to captains of finance, Mr. Bartnett states, and replies have been received from them without delay, expressing their willingness to cooperate and advance whatever funds are needed. The work of rehabilitation on better lines is to be started right at the water front.
The San Francisco Real Estate Board has greatly augmented its
membership since the fire. The meeting yesterday at Calvary Church was
the largest ever held by this organization. The committee appointed to
choose a site for temporary headquarters for all real estate agents reported
that the two fifty-
The board favored throwing open all vacant flats and houses for temporary shelter for the homeless.
The rebuilding of the city was the subject on which there was much enthusiastic talk. Chairman J.R. Howell was directed to appoint a committee of three to wait on the Mayor and request him to invite all civic organizations to name members of a joint committee to which all matters relating to the laying out of the new San Francisco shall be referred. By having all bodies act in unison in this way, a plan for rebuilding on the best lines can be followed. Architects, owners, wholesale and retail merchants, professional men and all others interested are to be represented on this general committee.
It was agreed that the calamity should be spoken of as the great fire, and not as the great earthquake.
Discussion was had as to the relocation of Chinatown. Agent Speck
suggested Hunters Point. Thomas Magee said that Hunters Point was
Mayor Schmitzs choice. The fact that a corporation headed by John
Partridge and other capitalists started some time ago to transfer Chinatown
to the vicinity of the Six-
Thomas Magee said that his advice to clients, to erect Class A buildings,
had been readily accepted, and that San Francisco would undoubtedly be a
Charles F. OBrien said that Dunphy, a lumber merchant, who had an
office in the Mills building, had $700,000 in ready funds in Minneapolis,
and that he and his wife had determined to invest all of this money in San
Francisco at once. I.R.D. Grubb announced that his
Thomas Magee spoke highly of what Mayor Schmitz had done in this crisis,
and on motion of Frank H. Burke the Mayor was given a vote of thanks,
commendation and confidence. Magee has decided not to raise wages, and,
while he appreciated their action, he hoped that wages would be reduced,
saying that the scale which prevailed in the period of prosperity might be
too high for this time of disaster. A new spirit has arisen out of the fire, he
Just when the lighting service will be resumed cannot be predicted with accuracy. The Mutual Electric Light and Power Company, whose plant was not injured by the earthquake and fire, received a permit yesterday to resume operations, and a number of business concerns that have arranged to obtain light and power from the Mutual were also granted lighting and power permits. The San Francisco Gas and Electric Company now has a small army of men engaged in making a survey of the damage done to its plants and wires, and means to lose no time in restoring normal conditions... .
One of the first steps toward rebuilding was taken yesterday afternoon, When a force of fifteen men was put to work on the tower of the Ferry building.
The military authorities returned to the Harbor Commissioners yesterday morning complete control over the docks, wharves and piers of the water front. In accordance with the wish of the military authorities, however, no ship will be allowed to dock for the present except [if] it is bringing food supplies.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 25, 1906