Robert Frost Memorial

1 California Street, San Francisco, CA

Bronze plaque honoring poet Robert Frost placed in 1974

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Robert Frost Memorial

Photo taken by Richard Doody in July 2010

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Robert Lee Frost, quintessential "New England" poet of the 20th century was in fact a native of San Francisco where he spent his first eleven years of life. His father, editor of the San Francisco Evening Bulletin died of tuberculosis in 1885 after which his mother relocated the family to Boston. A bronze plaque honoring Frost was placed at the intersection of California and Drumm streets in 1974 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. It reads, "This great poet was born in San Francisco, March 26, 1874. First child of William Prescott Frost Jr. and Isabelle Moodie Frost. He lived in seven houses here all east of Van Ness Avenue and North of Market Street. Upon his father’s death in 1885, his mother took him and his sister back to Massachusetts. Frost was four times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry; received forty-three honorary degrees and the Congressional Medal from President Kennedy; was appointed Consultant in Poetry, Library of Congress. He best described himself as one-half farmer, one-half teacher and one-half poet.

“Such was life in the Golden Gate: Gold dusted all we drank and ate. And I was one of the children told, ‘We all must eat our peck of gold’ ”

Plaque has been placed here by the California Friends of Robert Frost on the occasion of his hundredth birthday."

Update Log 

  • April 14, 2019: New photo from Richard Doody
  • April 14, 2019: Added by Richard Doody

Sources 

  • Richard Doody