A stunning photograph of the destruction in the area of North Beach and Chinatown. The steel-framed Sentinel Building, owned by political boss Abe Ruef, was under construction at Kearny and Columbus at the time of the earthquake, and it still standing. The Montgomery Block is at the end of Columbus, at far left of the image. The Montgomery Block is now the site of the TransAmerica Pyramid. The wrecked Hall of Justice can be seen at right - The Chinatown Holiday Inn occupies the site. Columbus Avenue was known before the earthquake as Montgomery Avenue.
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