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Elephant Walk window
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This is a window from the Elephant Walk. The Elephant Walk was a restaurant and bar that operated in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood from 1974 to 1995. According to Fred Rogers, who owned the restaurant from 1974 to 1985, the restaurant’s elephant logo was designed by an employee in 1974 and subsequently etched onto its glass windows. As a gay establishment, the Elephant Walk was notable in its time for having large, glass windows that opened onto the street. On May 21, 1979, during the White Night Riots, San Francisco Police Department officers ransacked the restaurant and smashed several windows. A few windows survived that night, remaining installed at the Elephant Walk and a successor restaurant at that location, Harvey’s, until 2023.
7 linear feet (1 wood-framed, etched glass window)
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