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Cliff House History – Golden Gate National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service)

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historic photo of bathers on Ocean Beach with Cliff House in background
Scene at Ocean Beach showing the second Cliff House, circa 1900

photo courtesy of Gary Stark

 

The Original Cliff House (1863-1894)

After the Gold Rush, San Francisco’s population exploded and the city’s downtown area got very crowded with new buildings and neighborhoods. Real estate developers, eager to make more money, saw Lands End and its unparalleled beauty as a new place to develop. They constructed the Cliff House in 1863 as a fashionable resort for the wealthy. The modest one-story wood-frame structure was skillfully situated on top of the cliff overlooking Seal Rocks, providing breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Coast line.

During the mid-19th century, trekking out to Lands End was expensive and took several hours by horseback. To help people travel to this faraway place, a private company constructed a brand new road called Point Lobos Avenue. Eventually, a horse-drawn stagecoach made the trip every Sunday from downtown

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The Real Story Behind House’s Cancellation

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The decision to end House after eight seasons wasn’t easy — and, it turns out, didn’t necessarily have to come at all this year.

According to insiders, star Hugh Laurie and his fellow executive producers David Shore and Katie Jacobs were eager to bring the long-running Fox drama back for one more year, despite conventional wisdom that everyone was ready to move on. One exec believes that Laurie, one of the highest-paid actors on TV (he makes $700,000 an episode), was even prepared to take a pay cut in order to return.

The network wasn’t looking to let go of House, which averages a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers — good numbers for a drama in its eighthseason. Universal TV, the studio behind House, was also anxious to keep producing the show, which adds millions of dollars to NBCUniversal’s bottom line. “Universal was

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