copper roofed building faced with white enamel tiles was one of
the few steel framed building of the early 1900's.
Now owned by Francis Ford Coppola, it is where
the old-time San Francisco political boss Abe Ruef once had his
offices. It is now the home of Coppola`s "American Zoetrope" Production
Co. And the name of this extraordinary building is now 'The Sentinel'. The
ground floor is occupied by the new (1999) Cafe Niebaum-Coppola,
a bistro and wine shop satellite of the Niebaum-Coppola Estate
Winery in the Napa Valley. There are Poetry Readings Sunday afternoons
from 4-6 pm.
It is here in the 60`s that the Grateful Dead
recorded second album "Anthem to the Sun" which was spliced together
from dozens of live performance recordings and some overdubbing.
The album was unusual in that there were no breaks between the songs,
each song blending into the next.
If you come to visit San Francisco you simply
must go and look at this extraordinary building. It is a Landmark
building if ever I saw one.
thanks to Jerry Kergan for kindly providing even more information
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