happy birthday, Anton LaVey

http://sf.metblogs.com/archives/images/2006/04/mansfield-6-thumb.jpgToday is the birthday of San Francisco’s glamorous cult figure ultime, Dr. Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan. However you feel about the whole binary religon thing, he was really quite a character and an essential figure in our noirish, cultish, thoughtfully insane and compelling history.

In 1956 he purchased a Victorian house on 6114 California Street (@ 23rd) in the Richmond. It was reputed to have been a speakeasy. He painted it black; it would later become home to the Church of Satan and see lots of naked-babe-on-the-altar action. After his death, the house was empty until demolished by the real estate company which owned the property on October 17, 2001. (On a “recovery” mission, I obtained a piece of this legendary altar, which I still have.) Through his house lectures and popular public gigs as an organist playing the Wurlitzer at the Lost Weekend cocktail lounge, LaVey became a local — and national — celebrity and his parties attracted notables and celebrity followers. Guests included Jayne Mansfield, Sammy Davis Jr., Marc Almond, Marilyn Manson, Mr. and Mrs. Coop, awesome local horror author Fritz Leiber, local eccentric Dr. Cecil E. Nixon (creator of the musical automaton Isis) and underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger.

His favorite restaurants were Figaro’s and Westlake Joe’s. Image: Anton LaVey and Jayne Mansfield in a San Francisco Los Angeles ceremony.

Correction: Peter Gilmore informs us that this image is actually from a Los Angeles ceremony and not in our own backyard like we thought — thanks, Peter! Also check out the badazz front page image on the CoS Official Web Site.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jason D- (unregistered) on April 11th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    Ah the good old days… Do what thou wilst indeed!

  2. violet (unregistered) on April 11th, 2006 @ 11:14 pm

    yeah, I kinda want to go see what’s at that address now…

  3. Jason D- (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 2:51 pm

    On the Google sat view it looks like an empty lot but it’s worth the trip across the park to take a peek for damn sure!

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