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Mapping the City: A discussion of the 1854 map drawn by R.P. Bridgens

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Mechanics' Institute

2nd Floor Library

57 Post Street

San Francisco, CA 94104

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In 1859 Mechanics' Institute acquired a large map drawn from the 1853 Survey of San Francisco by noted draftsman Richard P. Bridgens. Gracing the Library's 2nd floor, this excessively rare map is among the earliest printed maps of San Francisco and is notable for its grand dimensions and wonderful vignettes of the city's landmarks and architecture. In this dynamic talk by local map expert Jim Schein, come learn about the early city, its businesses, original shoreline and riparian zones, and about the city's land use and growth at the time the map was drawn until today.


Jim Schein is a former logistics expert, technician and stage manager for rock bands such as Miles and Metallica. He and his business partner and wife Marti Schein have operated Schein & Schein Antique Map and Prints since 2003 in North Beach. With an emphasis on maps of all kinds, ages and locations, their extensive inventory spans 400 years. It is open for browsing a couple days a week and by appointment. Go to scheinandschein.com for current hours, to review or request inventory, schedule a meeting, or contact them.


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