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A twelve-story steel-frame structure will be erected at once by D.S. Dorn on the lot 55 x 77 feet on the east side of Powell street, 80 feet south of Geary. The plans of the Hotel Rex on the north side of Turk street, between Jones and Leavenworth, have been found and the building will be reconstructed this time as a ten-story class A structure, by D.S. Dorn, as soon as the insurance can be adjusted.

W.J. Bartnett of the Western Pacific Railroad Company states that plans for making San Francisco the most beautiful city in the world will soon be under way that all the funds needed for the immense work will be forthcoming when required. The intention is to follow, as far as expedient the suggestions embodied in the report of Architect Daniel S. Burnham of the [committee for the] adornment and beautification of San Francisco. Telegrams have been sent all over the country to captains of finance, Mr. Bartnett states, and replies have been received from them without delay, expressing their willingness to cooperate and advance whatever funds are needed. The work of rehabilitation on better lines is to be started right at the water front.

The San Francisco Real Estate Board has greatly augmented its membership since the fire. The meeting yesterday at Calvary Church was the largest ever held by this organization. The committee appointed to choose a site for temporary headquarters for all real estate agents reported that the two fifty-vara lots at the northwest corner of Post and Steiner streets could be had for $200 per month. This location was accepted and the committee authorized to erect a shed, in which space will be allotted to all agents. As soon as possible the members will move to where they were formerly located down town.

The board favored throwing open all vacant flats and houses for temporary shelter for the homeless.

The rebuilding of the city was the subject on which there was much enthusiastic talk. Chairman J.R. Howell was directed to appoint a committee of three to wait on the Mayor and request him to invite all civic organizations to name members of a joint committee to which all matters relating to the laying out of the new San Francisco shall be referred. By having all bodies act in unison in this way, a plan for rebuilding on the best lines can be followed. Architects, owners, wholesale and retail merchants, professional men and all others interested are to be represented on this general committee.

It was agreed that the calamity should be spoken of as “the great fire,” and not as “the great earthquake.”

Discussion was had as to the relocation of Chinatown. Agent Speck suggested Hunter’s Point. Thomas Magee said that Hunter’s Point was Mayor Schmitz’s choice. The fact that a corporation headed by John Partridge and other capitalists started some time ago to transfer Chinatown to the vicinity of the Six-Mile House was mentioned. Chairman Howell is to appoint a committee which will make a recommendation to the Real Estate Board concerning Chinatown.

Thomas Magee said that his advice to clients, to erect Class A buildings, had been readily accepted, and that San Francisco would undoubtedly be a better-built and greater city than it had been. Will Magee suggested that the coming extra session the State Legislature be asked to amend the law so that ground leases in San Francisco might be given for ninety-nine years, saying that if this was done capitalists would erect costly buildings on leased ground. This suggestion was applauded. This and other legal matters, such as the remission of tax penalties, are to be dealt with by a committee, of which W.B. Pringle, who is an attorney as well as a real estate operator, is chairman.

Charles F. O’Brien said that Dunphy, a lumber merchant, who had an office in the Mills building, had $700,000 in ready funds in Minneapolis, and that he and his wife had determined to invest all of this money in San Francisco at once. I.R.D. Grubb announced that his mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary H. smith, and other rich persons whom he represented would invest all their available money in this city.

Thomas Magee spoke highly of what Mayor Schmitz had done in this crisis, and on motion of Frank H. Burke the Mayor was given a vote of thanks, commendation and confidence. Magee has decided not to raise wages, and, while he appreciated their action, he hoped that wages would be reduced, saying that the scale which prevailed in the period of prosperity might be too high for this time of disaster. A new spirit has arisen out of the fire, he remarked - a spirit of unity which meant the making of a grander city.

Just when the lighting service will be resumed cannot be predicted with accuracy. The Mutual Electric Light and Power Company, whose plant was not injured by the earthquake and fire, received a permit yesterday to resume operations, and a number of business concerns that have arranged to obtain light and power from the Mutual were also granted lighting and power permits. The San Francisco Gas and Electric Company now has a small army of men engaged in making a survey of the damage done to its plants and wires, and means to lose no time in restoring normal conditions... .

One of the first steps toward rebuilding was taken yesterday afternoon, When a force of fifteen men was put to work on the tower of the Ferry building.

The military authorities returned to the Harbor Commissioners yesterday morning complete control over the docks, wharves and piers of the water front. In accordance with the wish of the military authorities, however, no ship will be allowed to dock for the present except [if] it is bringing food supplies.

San Francisco Chronicle
April 25, 1906

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