[San Francisco: 1896]. Legal folio document, two pages, typed on rectos only and signed in ink by Sutro and Thereux at the bottom of page . Bound at the top margin in original clips with pale brown wrapper, docketed as follows: "Articles of Agreement Paul Thereux and Adolph Sutro for the Furnishing of Eight First-Class Musicians. Dated San Francisco September 1896." Old folds, Near Fine.
Sutro, a mining engineer, became fabulously wealthy by accomplishing the difficult task of building a tunnel though the Nevada mountains. He moved to San Francisco, ran for Mayor in 1894 on the Populist Ticket, served as such from 1895-1897, the second Jew to hold that office. This contract obligates Thereux to furnish musicians to the Baths, the Sutro Heights, the Cliff House and Pleasure Grounds; as well as "the band car of the Sutro, Sutter Street and Larkin Street lines of street cars whenever required and as directed by" Sutro.
"Sutro, the self-made millionaire who designed Sutro Heights and later the second Cliff House, developed the amazing Sutro Baths in 1894. With his special interest in natural history and marine studies, he constructed an ocean pool aquarium among the rocks north of the Cliff House. Sutro then expanded his ocean front complex by constructing a massive public bathhouse that covered three acres and boasted impressive engineering and artistic details. Sutro's dream for the Baths was to provide a healthy, recreational and inexpensive swimming facility for thousands of San Franciscans. A classic Greek portal opened to a massive glass enclosure containing seven swimming pools at various temperatures. There were slides, trapezes, springboards and a high dive. The power of the Pacific Ocean during high tide could fill the 1.7 million gallons of water required for all the pools in just one hour. The Baths could accommodate 10,000 people at one time and offered 20,000 bathing suits and 40,000 towels for rent." [National Park Service online report on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and "The Ambitious & Magnificent Sutro Baths."]. Item #37275