A BEACH ON CASTRO STREET?
The day the above picture (actually a composite of three photographs) was taken, a group of exotic dancers were putting on an impromptu performance for the enjoyment of the crowd. On quieter days, if it is sunny enough, you'll see a few shirtless sun-seekers soaking up some rays and perhaps seeking more than just sunshine. The bank plaza is the traditional location for the Castro Christmas Tree sponsored by the local merchants. At street fairs and similar events, the space is sometimes occupied by a temporary stage.
In the early seventies the Hibernia Bank consisted of just the white stone structure on the corner. The adjacent space was a parking lot and a drive-up window. As the Castro neighborhood grew in stature, the little business district prospered. Property values and rental prices soared. Mister Hibernia, in his infinite wisdom, tore down the parking lot and built a two-story office building in it's place. The bank entrance on the corner was closed, the interior was remodeled, and patrons entered through the new structure.