The photograph album contains 93 photographic prints taken between 1926 and 1928 presumably by Louis “Luigi” A. Mastropasqua,
a San Francisco architect and illustrator. The album primarily consists of scenic views and street scenes of many San Francisco
neighborhoods, including Civic Center, downtown, Nob Hill, Telegraph Hill, and early Sea Cliff. In addition to San Francisco
residences are prints of residences and buildings in Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz.
Louis “Luigi” A. Mastropasqua was born in Lombary, Italy on September 17, 1870. Mastropasqua graduated from the University
of Naples in 1899 and came to San Francisco shortly after that. In 1903, Mastropasqua worked as a draftsman and by 1905 he
established his own architectural firm. He had both Italian and non-Italian clients and built apartments, single family units
as well as commercial structures including the San Francisco landmark, Julius Castle, located at 302 Greenwich Street. Mastropasqua
was also recognized as an accomplished illustrator and cartoonist with contributions in L’Italia and La Vita Italiana. Mastropasqua
died on March 29, 1951 in San Francisco, California.
1 photograph album (93 gelatin silver photographic prints); album 17.5 cm x 25 cm, prints 9 cm x 14.5 cm
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publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
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