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COPY Of The OFFICIAL MAP Of The PROPERTY Of The EUREKA HOMESTEAD ASSOCIATION, Adopted November 16th, 1864
[San Francisco]: Towne & Bacon, Printers, 536 Clay Street, (n. d.). Ca mid-1860s (?). Nr Fine.. Broadside. Map shows lots in this San Francisco housing development; depicted area is between Douglass and Noe on one side, 20th and 17th streets on other. 16-3/4" x 19-1/2" [42.5 cm x 49.3 cm]. "Eureka Valley's real estate development pattern was typical of wider patterns of urban edge development in San Francisco in the mid nineteenth century. Local land developers realized their investments first by making the land accessible (as with Robinson and Pioche and the Market Street Railway) and then selling the bulk of their property via corporate vehicles such as homestead associations. 38 Homestead associations were a successful and widely used nineteenth century method for encouraging development by subdividing and selling land at moderately affordable prices. In the 1860s alone, investors formed about 170 different homestead associations in San Francisco. Association officers purchased large tracts of land with investor capital and sold "membership shares" to working men or women for a small down payment and monthly installments. Once purchasers paid the share in full, they received title to a building lot in the tract. ... In 1864, the homestead association that was to give Eureka Valley is moniker and define the neighborhood for decades to come incorporated and filed its plat map. The Eureka Homestead Association laid out lots over the majority of the study area, covered sixteen city blocks between Noe Street on the east, Douglass Street on the west and 17th Street on the north and 20th Street on the south. Lots ranged in size from approximately 75 by 125 feet to through block lots of 75 by 250 feet. The association leadership was made up of prominent and moneyed individuals investing in real estate. Association President Benjamin D. Dean was a physician and Secretary H. B. Congdon was a mining secretary and commissioner of deeds for the Nevada Territory." [Stiles, Eureka Valley Historic Context Statement, p. 17]. One speculates that this map, a copy of the filed plat map, was printed by Towne & Bacon for the Eureka Homestead Association to facilitate sales in the Eureka Valley & for new landowners to, for example, show family back east where they would be building their new home. OCLC records one holding: CHS. Rare.
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