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Syndic Literary Journal

Photography: “Defenestration / S.F. Hugo Hotel” by Mel Solomon

"Defenestration"  / S.F. Hugo Hotel

“Defenestration ” / San Francisco Hugo Hotel / Photos by Mel Solomon

Defenestration / San Francisco Hugo Hotel

Photographs by Mel Solomon

Background

This old former residential hotel was built in 1910 and named the HUGO HOTEL by its then owners. Most of its rooms were small (approximately 100 square feet) with tiny bathrooms. The interior wood throughout the building is redwood. It has been vacant for the past 21 years and will eventually be torn down to probably make room for low cost housing and limited retail stores at the street level. Very few walls remain on three floors of the building and its only occupants today are dozens of birds.

The building is known around the world for its “defenestration of furniture installation” that hang on the outside walls facing both 6th and Howard Streets in San Francisco.

The installation was created in 1997 by artist Brian Goggin with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Goggin named his installation “Defenestration”.

 My thanks to Brian for allowing me to help retain this part of San Francisco’s history through my photos.  — Mel Solomon

OUTSIDE HUGO Defen Howard St Exterior Ground Level 9 IMG_9479

OUTSIDE HUGO Defen 3 IMG_9383

OUTSIDE HUGO Defen 6 IMG_9393

OUTSIDE HUGO Defen 6th St 12 IMG_9534

OUTSIDE HUGO Defen Howard St 4 IMG_9433

HUGO INSIDE STAIR HUGO INSIDE STAIR DEF 17

HUGO INSIDE CROPPED DEF 1

HUGO INSIDE CROPPED DEF 16

HUGO INSIDE CROPPED DEF 9

HUGO INSIDE CROPPED DEF 12

HUGO INSIDE CROPPED DEF 14

HUGO INSIDE CROPPED DEF 8

HUGO INSIDE CROPPED DEF 15

Authors/Artists Bios

Mel Solomon, a professional photographer, has lived in San Francisco’s North Beach since 2004, and focuses primarily on landscape and architecture photography. In years prior, his work took him to many countries within the African Continent, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia where his photographs have been displayed in galleries and museums. Mr. Solomon can be reached at 650-302-4766 or contacted by email at: mpsol@mac.com or via his website at: www.melsolomonphotography.com
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