Gold Dust Lounge, 247 Powell Street (February 2012)
Today's post is a random moment of nostalgia for the old Gold Dust Lounge on Powell Street, now long gone. Though a "new" version was opened at Fisherman's Wharf in 2013... it is, of course, a different creature all together -- but the three-piece house jazz band plays on, and it's a valiant effort to keep the narrative going. An excerpt from the original location's history submitted for Landmark nomination can be read on their site.
In the teens and twenties the space served as the frontage/entrance way for the Techau Tavern, the location's first iteration as a drinking establishment. As of the 1930s it was the Gold Dust Lounge, and remained one of those unchanging places in the City where you could duck into the enclosure of red velvet, gold walls, putti-covered ceiling, and gaudy gilt-framed nudes, away from the chaos of Union Square -- and find yourself among old-timer locals, visitors from around the world, and tired Bay Area shoppers in need of a quick restorative.
These photos were taken in February 2012, when there was still a bit of hope that the old venue could be saved. The space now serves as a jarringly white escalator foyer for a chain clothing store. No respite from the lately creeping homogeneous gleam and clamor to be found there.
Ephemera from the Techau Tavern,
showing the entrance that later became the Gold Dust Lounge