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Plate 23, Brenham Place, off Washington Street
Plate 23, Brenham Place,
off Washington Street
Two of Arnold Genthe's pictures of San Francisco's Old Chinatown, pre-earthquake (see bibliography). Vault lights had been very widely adopted by the turn of the century, so it's no surprise they show up in some of his pictures. Plate 61, Washington Street off Dupont, 1904
Plate 61, Washington Street
off Dupont, 1904
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The author heard tell the Ferry Building restoration would include vault lights, so dutifully it was checked it out 1/11/2003. Turns out it's not vault lights, but "sidewalk lights", a much vaguer thing. Closeup of new sidewalk lights at S.F. Ferry Building
37°47'43.4"N, 122°23'37.9"W
What was found were these frosted glass hunks set in long strips down the sidewalks along the front of the building. Presumably they light up from below and look cool at night, but they're not really vault lights. New sidewalk lights at S.F. Ferry Building