Brotherhood Way

Unfinished History


Brotherhood Way (then Stanley Drive) being built by the Works Project Administration (WPA) in 1934, connecting Junipero Serra Blvd. with Lake Merced Drive, looking east towards Junipero Serra (white railing in distance at right).

Photo: C.R.collection


Brotherhood Way (then Stanley Drive) viewed from Junipero Serra looking westward towards Lake Merced, 1934.

Photo: C.R. collection


Aerial shot in 1938 looking down on Brotherhood Way where it connects to Lake Merced Drive, photo by Harrison Ryker.

Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library, courtesy


1861 Wackenruder map of gully that later becomes Brotherhood Way.

Map: courtesy


1929 Board of Public Works map showing gully that five years later was altered by WPA project to create Brotherhood Way.

Map: courtesy

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Stanley Drive (later Brotherhood Way) linking Alemany and Lake Merced Blvds., April 2, 1953.

Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

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Brotherhood Way between Junipero Serra and Lake Merced boulevards, June 10, 1961.

Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

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Brotherhood Way looking west from Chumasero Drive, 2014.

Photo: Chris Carlsson

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Brotherhood Way at intersection with Charles Avenue, Junipero Serra crossing on overpass in distance (looking westward), 2014.

Photo: Chris Carlsson

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One of many Beniamino Bufano sculptures around San Francisco, this one on his favorite topic: Peace, installed along Brotherhood Way.

Photo: Chris Carlsson

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Amidst what was once sand dunes and a creek gulley, today are many Monterey Pines and other introduced tree species, which in turn have attracted wildlife that didn't have much habitat in this area once upon a time.

Photo: Chris Carlsson