Anne Evers Hitz

History buff and freelance writer Anne Evers Hitz is the author of San Francisco’s Ferry Building (2017) and Emporium Department Store (2014) (Arcadia Publishing). She is working on a book about San Francisco’s lost department stores, to be published in 2019. She is also a guide with City Guides.

Anne Evers Hitz, a fifth-generation San Franciscan, gathered together images to tell the Ferry Building story. For many years, visitors traveled to San Francisco via ferry, and the Ferry Building stood ready to welcome them. In the 1920s, the Ferry Building was the world’s second busiest transit terminal (after Charing Cross, London); more than 50,000 people passed through the building daily. By the late ‘30s, commuting by car made ferryboats obsolete. In the ‘50s, the Embarcadero Freeway blocked the building; once that came down, the restored Ferry Building reopened in 2003 and is once again a beacon of civic pride.