The “Duboce Triangle” neighborhood boundaries are Market St., Castro St. and Waller St. The neighborhood takes its name from Duboce Street and Duboce Park, both of which are named for Colonel Victor Duboce.
Colonel Duboce served in the Spanish – American War with the First California Volunteers. After the war he was a prominent member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He died on August 15, 1900. In honor of Colonel Duboce the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution praising the Colonel’s “high character, loyalty, and amiable disposition,” and changed the name of Ridley Street to Duboce Street.
In the 1960’s the federal government provided money for “slum clearance’. Rather than demolish the stately Victorians in the neighborhood, San Francisco used the funds to renovate the housing, bury utility lines, and widen sidewalks, narrow streets and plant trees. Though the neighborhood is bounded on one side by Market Street, the foresight of the Board of Supervisors has created a distinctly residential and refined area.
As the Twin Peaks Neighborhood is to the west and Alamo Square is to the north, the area is sheltered from the fog and is one of the sunnier areas of San Francisco.
The neighborhood is also easy to get to from almost any area of San Francisco as Muni lines M, L, K and T all stop at Church Station, one block southeast of the neighborhood, and the N-Judah stops at Duboce Park. The J – Church stops in the Lower Haight district which is a short walk to the Duboce Triangle.
There are many shops, restaurants and public areas to recommend in the area. We recommend hitting the Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays and then strolling the area to get a feel for the neighborhood. The Farmer’s Market is located on Noe St. between Market St. and Beaver St. near the community garden.
Duboce Park was originally designated as a site for a hospital in the 1850’s. The site remained vacant and in September of 1900 was designated a city park and named, of course, for Colonel Duboce.
The park is on Duboce Street and is bordered by Scott St. on the west and Steiner St. on the east. The park is one block long and two blocks wide
Dogs are allowed off leash to play in the Multi-Use Area in the southeastern section of the park.
There is a children’s play structure in a fenced section west of the Multi-Use area.
A basketball court with multiple rims is located just beyond the children’s play area to the west.
A “Public Lawn” area is located across from the children’s play structure and is designated for people only (no dogs)
There is also a labyrinth for meditation, contemplation and relaxation.
The Harvey Milk Recreational Arts Building is located on Scott Street on the southwest end of the park and is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 9:30 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. The 55 year old building was officially rededicated to slain civil rights activist and city supervisor Harvey Milk in 1979
The center is dedicated to the visual and performing arts. It hosts a sound recording studio, digital labs, a ballroom, dance studio, art studio and multiple exhibition galleries. The building is also home to the San Francisco Photo Center, the oldest public darkroom for traditional black and white process printing in the United States.
For more information on classes, events and festivals, visit their web page by clicking on the name of the center above.
One last note on the Duboce Triangle neighborhood: Leticia’s, an iconic Mexican restaurant, has reopened after many years and is located on the corner of Market and 15th St. across from their former location. This is the same Leticia’s with the same owners, same chef and a new location. (Where Thai Corner Express used to be)
Check it out
2200 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-1506
As with many San Francisco neighborhoods the Duboce Triangle has much to offer, and we can hardly cover everything in this blog.
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