For years Blizzard has been developing a plan of revenge against the city of San Francisco. With unbridled glee he describes to his lieutenant-in-crime O'Hagan why he has asked him to gather together an army of thousands of disgruntled foreign laborers.
Then ... He intends to strike at the heart of the city's institutions and wealth, represented as he speaks with this shot toward Market Street's Financial District taken from the top of the Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill. In this southeast view two tall structures stand out; at far left is the Hobart Building at 582 Market at Second Street and at far right the distinctive dome of Claus Spreckels' Call Building.
... and Now, the Call Building, flagged by the arrow, still stands at 703 Market at Third Street. But it changed drastically in 1938 when it was extensively remodeled to a Moderne style, losing its dome. Today it is known as Central Tower. Once the tallest office building in the city, it is now dwarfed by a host of modern highrises. The Hobart Building too has survived but is hidden behind newer structures.
In Then and Now views looking east down Market street, here's a closer look at the transformation of the Call Building.
Then ... Blizzard goes on to describe how a huge bomb will be detonated to alert his army of anarchists, spread across the city, to spring into action. This view too was filmed from the top of the Fairmont Hotel, this time looking to the north to Russian Hill as the smoke from the explosion rises above the tree-covered slope.
... and Now, CitySleuth is currently scheduling access with hotel management for a good matching photo; until then this brochure glimpse from a window of a Fairmont Tower suite shows us the top of the hill, now eyesored with incongruous apartment buildings. Note both Then and Now the twin-towered Our Lady Of Guadalupe church right of center at 906 Broadway, and Alcatraz Island at far right in the distance.
... a vintage photo ... Here's Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe church in 1924. Constructed on this site by and for the Mexican community it suffered severe damage in the 1906 fire and was rebuilt with concrete in its present form in 1912. The once-thriving community declined over time, especially after the 1950s Broadway tunnel construction leveled many of its homes and businesses, and it has since morphed into today's primarily Chinese neighborhood.
... and Now, the church was closed in 1991 and for much of the time since then it has functioned as St. Mary's, a Chinese school. Since 2011 the building has been vacant but was recently sold for $3.3M by the Archdiocese to a developer who, thanks to its city Landmark designation, is required to preserve its exterior.