Cliff House, Point Lobos

Cliff House, Point Lobos

by | Mar 31, 2022

The Cliff House is a restaurant perched on the Point Lobos headland just north of Ocean Beach, overlooking the site of the former Sutro Baths, in the Outer Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It has had five major incarnations since its beginnings in 1858 and is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area operated by the National Park Service.

The first Cliff House was built in 1858 using salvaged timber from a ship that foundered on the cliffs below. New or significantly altered structures were built in 1863, 1896, 1909, 1937, and 2003. Today, the Cliff House is operated by a concessionaire for the National Park Service. The Cliff House features two restaurants, a gift shop, and a historic camera obscura located on a deck overlooking the ocean.

Next to the Cliff House are the former Sutro Baths, a large privately-owned public saltwater swimming pool complex built in 1896. The Sutro Baths were opened to the public as the world’s largest indoor swimming pool establishment. The baths were built by Adolph Sutro, a wealthy entrepreneur and former mayor of San Francisco. The structure was located in a small beach inlet below the Cliff House. The facility burned down in June 1966 and is now in ruins within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Sutro Historic District. Read more here and here. Explore more of the Cliff House and Sutro Baths here:

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This ‘warming stripe’ graphic is a visual representation of the change in global temperature from 1850 (top) to 2021 (bottom). Each stripe represents the average global temperature for one year. The average temperature from 1971-2000 is set as the boundary between blue and red. The color scale goes from -0.7°C to +0.7°C. The data are from the UK Met Office HadCRUT4.6 dataset. 

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