I've been photographing the Sutro Baths ruins since the mid 1990s. One thing that did not occur to me in the beginning was that the ruins were still evolving... well, devolving, continuing to crumble. The most dramatic feature of this — for me, at least — was the wooden stairs on the far northern platform that I use as the main iconography for this site, which no longer exist. The main background photo at left was taken in 1997. Given the harsh conditions of the coast, not to mention constant use (and some abuse), they fell apart plank by plank until even those were carried away.     continue >>

Scene from The Lineup (1958) filmed at Sutro Baths after conversion to skating rink.