Lotta Crabtree Fountain

Also known as: Lotta's Fountain
Market, Geary, and Kearny Sts., San Francisco, California


Lotta Crabtree Fountain

Photo taken by Richard Doody in July 2010



Street View 


In 1875, actress Lotta Crabtree commissioned a fountain for the intersection of Kearny, Market, Third and Geary streets.

After the 1906 Earthquake and Fire the fountain became a gathering point for survivors. Names of the dead, the missing, and the found were posted. On Christmas Eve, Luisa Tetrazzini sang at the fountain (an event commemorated with a plaque on the upper portion of the fountain). Every year since, on April 18, at 5:13 AM, well into the 21st Century, the survivors have gathered in remembrance.

Lotta Crabtree's final public appearance in San Francisco was in 1915, "Lotta Crabtree Day" at the Panama-Pacific Exposition.

San Francisco Designated Landmark No.73

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 20, 1975
Reference number
Areas of significance
Art; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Street furniture/object
Current function
Street furniture/object
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1875; 1910; 1916

Update Log 

  • April 20, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • April 27, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • January 24, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

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