Just a glimpse of a church

When I was driving home Saturday evening, I thought that the sunlight hitting the church was so pretty that I leaned out of my car to take a quick picture while the light was red.

Curious about the church, I poked around online and found that it is named Sacred Heart. But the more I read, the more interesting the story got.

The church was built in 1898. It survived the 1906 earthquake, and so it provided food and shelter to the homeless. Then it had some minor damage in the 1989 earthquake. Because the congregation had grown so small over the years, the Catholic church decided not to retrofit the building. They closed the parish and planned on selling it to housing developers. For a while, it looked like the church might be demolished. Then last year, the owner of Chalk Hill winery bought the church. The church is now part of Sacred Heart’s school, renamed Megan Furth Academy.

And here I thought it was just another church.

4 Comments so far

  1. anna (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

    My friend is the head of the computer lab there, and she loves it. It seems like a very cool school… I think if you get into almost any building’s history in SF you geta long interesting story. My fave is the green copper one in North Beach (surprise that I pick NB! haha) that is now Coppolla’s, but was once a couple from Amsterdam that had it almost 100 years or so.

  2. Mike (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 8:50 am

    Thank you for the picture and links. It is especially fitting that I should find this on Memorial Day as my parents were married in this church when World War II ended. My Dad was a Marine recuperating from battle injuries in San Francisco and my mother a WAVE in the mail service at whatever the main post office was at that time. My Dad told her they could not get married until the war ended. It did, they did and here I am on Memorial Day missing my dad. It’s not just another church to me.

  3. Lauren (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 11:55 am

    That is a wonderful story! I can only imagine all of the other memories people have at this church over the past century.

  4. SEAN (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 12:04 pm

    Mike: thanks for sharing that story. I live 2 blocks down from this church and, thus, pass by it several times a day. Knowing such a sweet event took place there makes this beautiful building even ‘extra nice’ for me.

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