Information in this timeline was derived from actual source documents, ie. deeds and building permits, etc. Please direct any questions to the historical society.

8/9/1907 - (Relating to the Valencia Street Theater)

Construction of the Valencia Street Theater
Class “A” construction per plans. Retaining walls: Concrete, 9ft tall. Corrugated roofing. Passage ways at sides. Floor construction: concrete. Foundation walls: concrete.
Contractor: Dineen Building Company, 913 Polk Street, San Francisco.
Architect: O’Brien & Werner, 1683 Ellis Street, San Francisco.

9/12/1908 - (Relating to the Valencia Street Theater)

Valencia Theater grand opening featuring the play "The Great Ruby"

4/28/1916 - (Relating to the Valencia Street Theater)

Creation of a storm vestibule as per plans and specifications
Cost : $50
Contractor: G. A. Woods, 616 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco

6/4/1921

Deed - Escrow closes on the sale of property at Hayes & Pierce Streets.   Chris D. Katharios, James G. Glafkides, and C.D. Antoniades (All 3 were St. Sophia founders) purchase property on Hayes & Pierce streets. They purchase all of the lots facing Pierce Street from Hayes to Fell streets.

6/26/1921

Ground was broken at Hayes & Pierce Streets. His Eminence Metropolitan Meletios Metaxakis lays to cornerstone of the Cathedral.

7/17/1921

Deed - Chris and Mary Katharios, James G. Glafkides, and C.D. Antoniades deed the property they purchased to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia.

8/2/1921

Deed - Ernest and Ella M. Leigh purchase one of the lots for Fr. Philaretos Ioannides, St. Sophia’s first priest, to use as his home.

9/22/1921

The St. Sophia community announces that they have raised over $75,000 towards the new cathedral.

10/23/1922

Building Permit - Install a concrete wall and fence at the sidewalk line.
Cost: $500
No contractor listed

11/15/1922

Deed - Escrow closes on the sale of property at Hayes & Pierce Streets. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia sells lot 1B  to Ada V. Holly.

1/26/1924

Deed - Fr. Philaretos Ioannides  was elevated to (the first) Bishop of the Chicago Diocese on June 1, 1923.  After his departure he deeded his home back to the people that purchased it for him (E. M Leigh).

12/15/1924

Deed - Escrow closes on the sale of property at Hayes & Pierce Streets. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia sells lot 1G to TR Sherman.

4/9/1928

Deed - Escrow closes on the sale of property on Valencia Street.  Foster & Kleiser Co. sells the Valencia Street Theater to the Saint Sophia community.

4/23/1928

Building Permit - Initial conversion of the Valencia Street Theater to a church. Remove the present balcony, make lower floor level and construct 2nd floor as per plans and specification. Install towers on east side. Building to be used as a church.
Cost: $25,000
Contractor : Louis Sartoris, 616 Mission Street, San Francisco.
Architect: Andrew H. Knoll, Hearst Building, San Francisco.

10/24/1929

Stock Market Crash. The beginning of the Great Depression.

1/30/1930

Deed - Escrow closes on the sale of property at Hayes & Pierce Streets. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia sells another lot to California Pacific Title Co. California Pacific Title sells the property to Mandas Gross.

5/23/1930

Deed - Escrow closes on the sale of property at Hayes & Pierce Streets. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia sells lot 1C to TP Shuman. At this point, all of the lots on Hayes & Pierce streets have been sold off.

12/6/1934

Fr. Pythagoras Caravellas, the community's 2nd priest, passes away from a heart attack at age 44 leaving behind a wife and three daughters. He had been recovering from tuberculosis in a sanatorium in Belmont, CA.

7/29/1935

Bank of America files a notice of default and election to sell.

12/3/1935

Deed - Escrow closes on the sale of property. Bank of America purchases the St. Sophia church in a foreclosure sale for $25,000.

12/30/1937

Deed - Escrow closes on the sale of property. The United Greek Orthodox Community of San Francisco (The Annunciation) purchases the church back from Bank of America.

5/23/1938

Building Permit - Remodel interior. Metal lathe & plaster throughout.
Cost: $1,500
Contractor: M. McKenzie, 1106 Buchanan Street, San Francisco.

11/17/1938

Building Permit - Install church bell.
Cost: $45. (bell is noted as weighing 650 lbs.)
No contractor listed.

6/3/1940

Building Permit - Construct two rooms to be used by priests. Frame, lathe, & plaster.
Cost: $900
Contractor: M. McKenzie, 1106 Buchanan Street, San Francisco.

9/10/1940

Building Permit - Install partition. Lath and plaster partition.
Cost: $280
Contractor: M. McKenzie, 1106 Buchanan Street, San Francisco.

9/17/1941

Building Permit - Alter the back stage of the former theater with four Sunday School rooms.
Cost: $9,000
Contractor: M. McKenzie, 506 Buchanan Street, San Francisco.

12/7/1941

Japan attacks Pearl Harbor.

8/22/1943

Peter Raftopoulos, shoots and kills Eddie Dafnos in the Narthex of the church while Fr. Basil Lokis is speaking to the congregation. Raftopoulos is convicted of 2nd degree murder and sent to San Quentin prison.

4/17/1945

Building Permit - Replace burnt flooring in candle room, replace window, lath and plaster, on grip lath.  Repair and gravel roof & skylight.
Cost: $485
Contractor: Leonard Salomon, 1734 Broderick Street, San Francisco. License: 10110

5/8/1945

World War II - Victory in Europe (V-E Day)- Surrender of German forces in Berlin

8/15/1945

World War II - Victory over Japan (V-J Day)- Announcement of Surrender

8/5/1948

Building Permit - Install a play yard in rear of building.
Cost: $4,000
>Contractor: Jacks & Irvine, 620 Market Street, San Francisco. License: 101762

8/16/1948

Building Permit - Relocate the steam boiler. Install a Class B fire door.  Separate boiler room from the rest of the church.
Cost: $500
Contractor: E. A Connely, 1277 Howard Street, San Francisco. License: 3066

12/6/1948

Building Permit - Repair fire damage. (Stairs, landing, and hand rail)
Cost: 1,000
Contractor: Fred J. Early Jr. Co, Inc., 369 Pine Street, San Francisco.

9/2/1949

Building Permit - Remove existing concrete steps of lobby floor and install new terrazzo steps.
Cost: $2,500
Contractor: American Terrazzo Co., 36 Wood Street, San Francisco.

6/3/1954

Building Permit - Rip out all projections where necessary. Cement and plaster.
Cost: $7,300
Contractor: Salih Bros.,988 Market Street, San Francisco.
Architect: Lloyd Conrich, 593 Market Street, San Francisco.

3/30/1962

The cathedral acquires the Colonial Apartments next to the cathedral.

7/14/1981

The cathedral acquires the Bausch & Lomb building

3/8/1987

Father Stephen Kyriacou's first Divine Liturgy at Annunciation Cathedral

10/17/1989

Loma Prieta Earthquake. Annunciation Cathedral incurs significant damage

11/22/1992

Groundbreaking ceremony & luncheon for ancillary facilities

11/6/1997

His All Holiness, Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox faith, visits Annunciation at 10am. Ecumenical Doxology at 11am.

10/9/2013

The Annunciation community signs a contract with McNely Construction to rebuild the cathedral.

10/17/2013

The city of San Francisco issues a building permit for rebuilding the Cathedral on the 24th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

 

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