When flames swept Nob Hill during the Great Quake, destroying the towering multi-storied mansions of Mark Hopkins, Charles Crocker, Collis Huntington and Leland Stanford, the common people of San Francisco felt it was poetic justice.  They believed those monuments to bad taste were erected by wealthy barons who had acquired their vast fortunes through the misery and sweat of others.

1906 damaged pillars after quake

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