Aug 22, 2011

The Marine Memorial Club was built in the 1920’s, a Beaux-Arts hotel in the heart of San Francisco’s theater district. The club started life as the Western Womens’ Club, one of four exclusively womens’ clubs in the city. The Depression hit and the club needed revenue. It just happened that about the same time, the Navy was enlisting more women into service and needed a safe place to house them. Soon, the Western Womens’ Club became the barracks for the Navy’s WAVES, short for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. ::r::::n::::r::::n::::r::::n::

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