The Tenderloin District

SF Tenderloin architecture

historic architecture in the Tenderloin, photographed by Mark Ellinger

The National Register of Historic Places added San Francisco’s Uptown Tenderloin Historic District in 2009, defining and honoring the historically rich neighborhood southwest of Union Square.  Tenderloin historians like Mark Ellinger acknowledge the legal and illegal activities that provoked the nicknaming of the area.  Before the 1906 SF earthquake and fire, the neighborhood was known for its small businesses, entertainments and middle-class housing.  The 2012 world premier of Annie Elias’s play titled Tenderloin documents the diversity and beauty of this SF neighborhood told from the perspective of its residents.

Read more about the history of San Francisco’s Tenderloin