The ghost of San Francisco circa 1900 may haunt some of the narrow alleys of Chinatown. You might sense its presence in the Ferry Building, completed in 1898, and one of the very few large buildings to survive the earthquake in 1906.
But by and large, the city is a modern one that breathes more vitality than nostalgic sighs. To find the past, you must sit quietly, calm your heart and breathing, and drain your mind of all thoughts.
At age 33, a photographer named Willard Worden moved to San Francisco.
Through his lens, we catch a glimpse of the beautiful city that once existed, was destroyed in the earthquake, and rose from the ashes like a phoenix to rebuild itself.