Temporary Police Station in Ruins of Exempt Fireman Association. Opposite Hall o...


Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop


Temporary Police Station in Ruins of Exempt Fireman Association. Opposite Hall of Justice and Portsmouth Square.

About this object

Depicted in the image are policeman standing at their temporary Police Station, in the remains of exempt Fireman’s Association.

Harry W. Chadwick (1860-1933) was a U. S. Signal Corps photographer who documented the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake. The photographer was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Chadwick served as a photographer for the military for 28 years—retiring as a Master Signal Electrician. Chadwick photographed during the Spanish-American war, in 1898 he photographed the taking of Manilla. Harry Chadwick’s last post was in the Presidio of San Francisco, where the photographer captured the devastation of the 1906, San Francisco earthquake. The Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY) had a touring exhibition in 1980 that featured 66 prints—providing a “grand tour” of the natural disaster.

Place Made

San Francisco, California


Chadwick, Harry W. (1860-1933)

Maker Role




Portfolio Title

San Francisco Earthquake

Date Made


Medium and Materials

gelatin-silver print

Inscription and Marks

verso: [pencil] Temp. police station...verso: [pencil] S224 10verso: [pencil] 78:151:7verso: [pencil] me.1


image: 16.1 cm x 22.9 cm

Subject and Association Keywords

20th Century Photography

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Harry W. Chadwick

Subject and Association Keywords

1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Subject and Association Keywords

gelatin silver

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Object Type

Gelatin Silver

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