255 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Bar/Restaurant housed in Italian Renaissance Revival building built 1916
Photo taken by Richard Doody in July 2010
Vesuvio Café was established in 1948 by an art-lover named Henri Lenoir. The building, a 2 story Italian Renaissance Revival building designed by Italian architect Italo Zanolini and finished in 1916.
Vesuvio's soon became a popular gathering spot for Bohemian artists and writers of the Beat Generation. Today Jack Kerouac Alley separates it from the neighboring City Lights Bookstore.
- May 1, 2018: Added by Richard Doody