Houseboats of Sausalito

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Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 127 pages
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The unique and colorful houseboat community has long been the centerpiece of life in Sausalito, and while these floating homes are well known, relatively few people know just how far back their history goes. Not a recent phenomenon, as so many assume, the houseboat community has a history stretching back to the 1880s and earlier. While houseboats once existed in nearly a dozen ports in and around San Francisco Bay--and indeed throughout the West Coast--the focus of this buoyant lifestyle is now the waters of Marin County, along the shoreline of Richardson's Bay. Over the years, a variety of forces--including the 1906 earthquake and fire, the building of bridges and the resulting decline of the ferryboat fleet, World War II, and legal pressures on waterfront property owners--helped to shape life on the water, Sausalito's houseboat community, and this fascinating tale.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
A Waterborne Lifestyle and Architecture
15
Marin County Waters Become a Focus
23
19061940
49
Bridge Building and Wartime Shipyards Create
69
Sausalitos Budding Art Colony Takes to the Water
83
The 1960s and 1970s Witness a Surge of New Arrivals
95
The Turn of Another Century Finds Calmer Waters
111
Epilogue
127
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Local author Phil Frank began researching houseboats in 1973, when he and his wife, Susan, acquired a 1900 ark, restored it, and lived there for 13 years. Now, using vintage images from the Sausalito Historical Society and various private collections, Frank illustrates this distinctive houseboat community from the 1890s to present day.

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