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Victorian Days Walking Tour on Grand Avenue

  • Date: 08/26/2017 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Location: South San Francisco Grand Library
    306 Walnut Avenue
    South San Francisco, California 94080
  • Introduction: The SMC Historical Association and the SSF Library are honored to be part of the Victorian Days Walking Tour of historic Grand Avenue.

The San Mateo County Historical Association and the South San Francisco Library are honored to be part of the Victorian Days Walking Tour of historic sites along Grand Avenue.

History lover and former state assemblyman and ex-city councilman Gene Mullin, will help guide the tour of the historic sites.  Mullin’s insight and charming stories about the city’s treasured homes and buildings will add to the enjoyment of the tour.

We will begin with a presentation and light refreshments at the Grand Avenue Library, a Carnegie building opened in 1916. We’ll move on to the hotel that housed the earliest workers and the families who settled in our booming industrial town, visit the historic Plymire-Schwarz House that served as the first hospital, and some of the other buildings that hold historical memories of early South City. Come hear about these sites seeped in history and the role they played in the early creation of our budding industrial city.  Grand Avenue is on a slight incline, so wear sturdy walking shoes. You’ll find free parking behind library using the Miller Street entrance. To RSVP or for more information email martinezev@plsinfo.org


  1. Grand Library (1914) - Welcome, refreshment, slideshow/history on SSF.

  2. City Hall (1920)

  3. Bank of SSF (1918) - this is a vacant building up for rent/sale

  4. Giffra Bldg (1907) -Metropolitan Hotel (1912)

  5. Enterprise Journal (1931) - Currently La Tapatia Mexicatessen

  6. Plymire House (1905)

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