Built in 1906, 130-132 Varennes served as emergency housing for people left homeless by the great San Francisco earthquake. In the pre-dawn hours of April 18, 1906, an 8.2 earthquake violently shook San Francisco. As destructive as the earthquake and its aftershocks were, the ensuing fires that burned out of control ravaged the young city. Ruptured gas mains caused over 30 fires that consumed 25,000 buildings. 130-132 Varennes Street, located between Union and Filbert Streets in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood, has two dwellings and three outdoor areas offering a contemporary indoor-outoor lifestyle while preserving a unique connection to San Francisco’s history.
“It is impossible to judge the length of that shock. To me it seemed an eternity. I was thrown prone on my back and the pavement pulsated like a living thing. Around me the huge buildings, looming up more terrible because of the queer dance they were performing wobbled and veered. Crash followed crash and resounded on all sides. Screeches rent the air as terrified humanity streamed out into the open in agony of despair.” “WRECK OF CITY’S BUILDINGS AWFUL” BY FRED J. HEWITT, April 20, 1906 by the San Francisco Examiner. http://www.sfmuseum.net/1906/06.html