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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Today in Black Houses

posted by on January 30 at 11:04 AM

According to Boing Boing, Anton LaVey’s famous Black House in San Francisco has been turned into condos.

After falling into disrepair, the Black House was sadly demolished in 2001. The current owners of the property built three cheesy condominiums in its place that are just now up for sale.

Anton LaVey, of course, is the founder of the Church of Satan.

This has nothing to do with the Black Houses of Olympia, those magical and secretive punk/artists residences owned by a man known locally as “the Dark Dentist.”

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Is the Dark Dentist a member of the Church of Satan?

Posted by trent moorman | January 30, 2008 11:34 AM

We're gonna want those condos.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 30, 2008 11:37 AM

Another relic of cartoon San Francisco bites the dust. The most self-mythologized city in America continues to be eaten away by reality.

Posted by Fnarf | January 30, 2008 11:40 AM

This seems a little misleading, Ari. The Black House itself hasn't been condofied, since, um, it was torn down approximately seven years ago.

It would be more accurate to say that the property where the BH once stood has been condofied, instead.

Posted by COMTE | January 30, 2008 11:54 AM

More importantly, have they put up condos on the ruins of the Sutro baths, where Anton found unearthly beings when he was a "paranormal investigator"?

His autobiography is like listening to a crazy old dude in a bar gleefully lying about his entire life. Yeah, Anton, you totally dated Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield and were a lion tamer.

Posted by bronkitis | January 30, 2008 12:10 PM

The lion tamer part is true. I'm pretty sure he kept a lion IN THAT HOUSE. Ah, Frisco.

Posted by Fnarf | January 30, 2008 12:12 PM

He was also a master theremin player.

Posted by Hernandez | January 30, 2008 12:27 PM

That house was down the street from on of my first apartments here, and I remember when they started tearing it down.

"Sadly" torn down? Hardly, it was a dump and had sat empty for years. This city needs the housing more than another con artist.

Posted by Dougsf | January 30, 2008 1:07 PM

@6: I don't think anybody's called it "Frisco" since 1948.

Posted by Greg | January 30, 2008 1:34 PM

natives certainly dont call it frisco. it makes us think of people in the midwest eating some kind of melt sandwich on sourdough at arby's called a friso melt.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 30, 2008 1:56 PM

Right, natives call it "the city".

Posted by COMTE | January 30, 2008 2:27 PM

A lot of the beat writers called it "Frisco" in their day, unfortunately. Of course most of them were transplants from New England. If public schools insist on teaching Kerouac, I'd like to see a special aside in those printings like they've done in Twain's works for racial epithets, educating future generation on why "Frisco" is antiquated and unacceptable.

It's worse than WARshington, which oddly seems perpetrated by native Washingtonians exclusively.

Posted by Dougsf | January 30, 2008 2:55 PM

it is "the city"! thank you comte! you are on fire this week!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | January 30, 2008 3:53 PM

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