San Francisco April 14, 1934.

This east side view, looking south, of Montgomery Street shows several commercial buildings including Conradi Ltd Mt. Wines, Washington Broom Company, Italy Restaurant and a "walk up" where you could board for $1 a day. The Gold Rush-era building seen housing the Chicago Specialty Co. in more recent years became the law offices of flamboyant San Francisco attorney Melvin Belli.  Just to the right, the E. Martinoni building became home to the exclusive club Villa Taverna in 1959. This Barbary Coast block of yore is now part of the Jackson Square Historic District. The next corner? The famous landmark: Transamerica Pyramid.

Photo Credit: Shorpy