House Where I Grew Up in San Francisco



154 Ulloa Street in San Francisco, where I grew up. I used to dress up like Superman with dish towel for cape and red swim trunks over my Levi’s and jump off balcony to lawn below. Pics of a few other houses on block

There were 26 kids on the block and we were out on the street every non-school minute playing kick the can, football and baseball in vacant lots. No little league, no parent supervision.

Top 3 pics, other houses on block plus pic of block looking downhill, St Brendan’s Catholic Church and school at bottom. We made skateboards by taking apart metal roller skates and nailing wheels to 2 by 4s.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to House Where I Grew Up in San Francisco

  1. It is interesting, and sometimes depressing, to see where you lived when you were young. For the first five years of my life, I lived in a large mansion in North London. I remember its enormous doorways, its huge winding staircases and the vast expanses of highly polished parquet flooring. Recently, I used Google Street View to revisit it. It was a modest little 1920s semidetached house in a street of modest little 1920s semidetached houses. I suppose, when you are three feet tall, everything around you seems large.

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