Jackson Square, San Francisco
Jackson Square Historic District
|Location||Roughly bounded by Broadway on N, Sansome St. on E, Washington St. on S, and Columbus Ave. on W, San Francisco, California|
|Area||14.2 acres (5.7 ha)|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival, Italianate|
|NRHP reference No.||71000186 |
|Added to NRHP||November 18, 1971|
Jackson Square Historic District is an area in downtown San Francisco, California. It dates back to the city's earliest years and the 1849 gold rush, and is known for its historic commercial buildings in the classical revival and Italianate styles.
Jackson Square Historic District is bounded approximately by Broadway on the north, Washington Street on the south, Columbus Ave. on the west and Sansome Street on the east. Jackson Street runs through it.
According to the 2010 neighborhoods map of the San Francisco Association of Realtors (SFAR), Jackson Square Historic District lies within the Financial District/Barbary Coast neighborhood. However, according to a 2006 definition by the city mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, the area forms part of the North Beach neighborhood.
Hotaling Place, a one-block lane near the end of Columbus Avenue that used to lie on the city's shoreline, has been called "San Francisco's oldest alley." It is named after businessman Anson Parsons Hotaling, who maintained a warehouse on the lane for his whiskey, which may have helped saving the building in the 1906 earthquake and fire, as commemorated in a poem by Charles K. Field that today is displayed on a plaque there:
- If, as they say, God spanked the town
- For being over-frisky,
- Why did He burn His churches down
- And spare Hotaling's Whiskey? 
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