Historically known as the “Harlem of the West” because of its rich roots in fostering some of the greatest jazz night life and its predominantly African-American community, the Fillmore Neighborhood still maintains hints of its past while facing new developments.
Fillmore Street is the main commercial strip in the Fillmore District and is home to the infamous Fillmore Auditorium. The historic music venue sits on the corner of Geary Boulevard, the northern border for the neighborhood, and is known for hosting some of the greatest musical bands including the native San Francisco band, The Grateful Dead. Following the route of Muni Bus 22 down Fillmore Street, it passes by new and attractive eateries such as State Bird Provisions, a Michelin Star restaurant. Farther down is the FIllmore Heritage Center, currently in the bidding process for the vacant building’s replacement of its most notable past occupant, Yoshi’s Jazz Club. Diagonally across is the Fillmore Center, where many residents and visitors can relax or use as a public platform for music and dance. The Police Station for the Northern District also has its headquarters on Fillmore Street.
East of Fillmore Street, towards Van Ness Street, the Eastern border of the district, a plethora of parks are spread out around the area including the Buchanan Street Mall and Jefferson Square Park. Right beside it, is the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, named after the first African-American female on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, and vital for hosting after-school programs. Multiple congregations are also noticeable in the area. Also in the eastern sector are two developments under re-construction, Fire Station No. Five and the Rosa Parks Affordable Housing for Seniors.
West of the bustling Fillmore Street a more quiet, residential side of the neighborhood is shown before hitting the moderately trafficked Divisadero Street, the district’s western border. Some of the residential homes have Victorian detailing, and blend in with the nearby preserved and manicured aesthetic of the Haye’s Valley neighborhood. A corner of Alamo Park near the Painted Ladies, is shared between the two districts as well. A hidden gem in this part is the Macang Monastery, a beautiful and ornate Buddhist temple on the corner of Eddy and Divisadero.
The Fillmore District will always be known for its historical presence in defining the San Francisco’s music scene from jazz to rock n’ roll, and as a cultural preservation for the African-American community. Along with those lasting legacies, new expansions seem to come in the future.