A man poses for a photo at the intersection of Sacramento Street and Grant Ave in San Francisco's Chinatown, September 1937.
The first Chinese settlers arrived in San Francisco in 1848 during the gold rush. Towards the end of the 19th century, the Chinese population experienced rapid growth. Chinatown was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake. The former slum was replaced by brick houses with richly decorated facades designed by white architects. Its buildings don't really reflect Asian architecture, except for the bright colors (red, green, yellow) used. Today, Chinatown is one of the city's main attractions.
Before picture: Courtesy of opensfhistory.org (picture no.: wnp27.0795). Photographer unknown