A tour of San Francisco in search of the shadows of Tales of the City, the epic Armistead Maupin series of novels, begun as a regular feature in 1974 in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper and following the lives of a group of family, friends and foes, career go-getters and castaways spanning over 40 decades of trials and tribulations, change and controversies:


Where it all beings, with Mary Ann’s arrival at the Buena Vista Cafe


The Stairway to the fictional 23 Barbary Lane, home to Mrs Magrigal and her tenants


Macondray Lane, the real Barbary Lane


The iconic Powell Hyde cable car Michael Tolliver rode in dressed as Pan


Supposedly the inspiration for 23 Barbary lane, Maupin lived close by


Maupin lived in the red rooftop house and took inspiration from his rooftop views 


Where Mary Ann Singleton and Brain Hawkins live in unhappy matrimony


The Transamerica Pyramid which Mrs. Madrigal believed to be a beacon from Atlantis  


The City seen from above with the bay on the distance 


Where Norman Neal Williams meets is fate


The legion of Honor where Mary Ann confronts Norman


Alamo Park where Edger and Anna have lunch and a homemade ‘brownie’


Below the Golden Gate Bridge


The twists of Lombard Street


The Hosts with the Mosts, Susie and Trey, in Delores Park on the door step of the Castro, Michael Tolliver’s playing ground

All Photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

Published by deuxiemepeau

Published poet, writer, baker and former fashion maker, with footprints in Paris, London and Amsterdam but currently back home in Dublin with sights aimed at leaving a mark on the West coast one clear fine day...

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