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San Francisco Earthquake Cottages

Earthquake refugee cottages, or "shacks" were built by the Department of Lands and Buildings of the Relief Corporation to house refugees from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.

Micro-units and tiny homes have trendiness on their side, but living small is nothing new in San Francisco. In fact, more than 100 years ago, a huge proportion of San Franciscans were living in houses under 200 square feet. After the 1906 earthquake and fire ravaged the city and left thousands ...

Cottages known as "earthquake shacks" are one of the most desirable real-estate assets in the city.

These sturdy little redwood structures dotted San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Now landmarked, the Filbert Cottages have been reinvented and reconstructed into simple but luxurious dwellings for the 21st Century.

Katrina Cottages and SF Earthquake Cottages ... The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake occurred a little too early in history for major engineering lessons to be learned.

More than 5,000 tiny earthquake cottages like these were built after the San Francisco earthquake of April 1906. Credit Ramin Rahimian for The Bay Citizen

As winter approached, the city built 5,300 small wooden cottages for those still in need of housing. These “earthquake shacks” were a joint effort of the San Francisco Relief Corporation, the San Francisco Parks Commission, and the Army.

The great earthquake and fire that leveled much of San Francisco in 1906 exposed this reality. ... Refugees outside their earthquake cottages in San Francisco.

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