Greek immigrants started to settle in the 3rd Street area prior to 1900. In 1903, the San Francisco Chronicle estimated the Greek population at 2,000. The 1906 Earthquake & Fire brought many opportunities for new immigrants. Buildings, streets, and railroads were damaged or destroyed. Workers were needed to rebuild San Francisco. Greek immigration increased dramatically.

During this time period, the SOMA district was comprised of mainly working class families. Greeks settled primarily on 3rd Street from Market and Townsend Streets, and Folsom & Harrison Streets.

The neighborhood changed dramatically when the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge was built in 1936.  By the end of World War II Greeks had moved out the area and Greek town ceased to exist.

Just how Greek was Greek town?  

If you were to look solely at 3rd Street, there were several large hotels on 3rd Street primarily comprised of immigrants and working class families which somewhat skew the analysis. Using 1925 as an example, the percentage of Greeks living on 3rd Street from Market to Townsend in relation to the total population was 9.8%. However, when you look at just the businesses on 3rd Street in 1925 the percentages are dramatically different and definitively Greek. The 300 block of 3rd Street was commonly regarded as the center of the Greek business community as well as the adjoining side streets.

The following is a re-creation of the businesses on Third Street in 1925, Greek and Non-Greek,  1 - 499 Third Street, compiled from the 1925 Greek Business Directory and the 1925 San Francisco City Directory.  We did not find any Greek-owned businesses in the 500 or 600 block of Third Street. The analysis continues below.

West side: 0 - 100 block of Third Street    
           
Last Name First Name Address Profession Greek?
Raelk Fred F 8 3rd Street Cigars  
Markatos Peter 10 3rd Street 3rd Street Fruits & Soft Drinks GR
Genochio Edward P. 10 3rd Street Physician  
Hatter & Brown   10 3rd Street Cigars  
Zimmer Max L 10 3rd Street Chiropractor  
Andrian Angelo 30 3rd Street VP, Press Grill GR
Press Grill Inc (Vagelatos & Andrian)   30 3rd Street Restaurant GR
Raelk Harold W 34 3rd Street Cigars  
Hotel Doric   44 3rd Street    
Brown Julius B. 46 3rd Street Soft drinks  
Rothschild Jos A 46 3rd Street Cigars  
Murber George 49 3rd Street Shoe Repair  
Brummer Hans M 62 3rd Street Locksmith  
Westchester Hotel   74 3rd Street    
Manchester, Hotel   76 3rd Street    
Jacobs Leon 82 3rd Street Bazaar  
Crowley JB 86 3rd Street Wholesale Notions, Ribbons, Yarns  
Haffen Nicholas 86 3rd Street    
Haffen JB & Sons Manufacturers   86 3rd Street    
Levy & Merzbach   86 3rd Street    
Munson - Raynor Corp   86 3rd Street    
National Import Co   86 3rd Street    
Pacific Electric Clock Co   86 3rd Street    
Pacific European Import Co   86 3rd Street    
Piggot Jas K 86 3rd Street Photo printer  
Seller M & Co   86 3rd Street    
Spindler & Saupe   86 3rd Street Medical & Laboratory Equipment  
Taylor Instrument Co   86 3rd Street    
Hotel Marly   87 3rd Street    
Mottet Co   87 3rd Street    
Cadillac Co-operative Dairy Lunches   90 3rd Street    
Brown David 92 3rd Street Mens Furnishings  
Emanuel Menash 96 3rd Street Jeweler  
           
East side: 0 - 100 block of Third Street    
           
Attard Jacob 17 3rd Street Jeweler  
Paxinos Nicholas 17 3rd Street Restaurant GR
Lane Chas C 25 3rd Street Dentist  
McDonald John 25 3rd Street Phvsician  
Paxinos Spiros 27 3rd Street Classic Grill GR
Redams Frank E. 29 3rd Street Cigars  
Golden State Loan Office Pawn Broker 41 3rd Street    
Erickson Lawerence G 43 3rd Street Restaurant  
Brown Clara 51 3rd Street Gem Hotel  
Gem Hotel   51 3rd Street    
Commercial Art & Engraving   53 3rd Street    
Levy Tailoring Co   53 3rd Street    
Corazza John 57 3rd Street Cigars  
Knipschild & Weidel Barbers   57 3rd Street    
Musin Ephraim 59 3rd Street Pawnbroker  
Musin Maurice 59 3rd Street Pawnbroker  
Breen John J 71 3rd Street Restaurant  
Haroll, Stelios J & George Kondos   77 3rd Street Restaurant GR
Guaranty Loan Office Pawnbrokers   81 3rd Street    
Passas George 85 3rd Street George's Pool Hall GR
Passas George 85 3rd Street George's Barber Shop GR
Pollak Bros   91 3rd Street Clothing  
Steinberg Isidor 93 3rd Street Pawnbroker  
Contis 95.5 3rd Street Classic Candy Store GR
           
West side: 100 block of 3rd Street      
           
Last Name First Name Address Profession Greek?
Rochester Clothing Co   100 3rd Street    
Grubert Ben  108 3rd Street Jeweler  
Nicholson L 112 3rd Street Fair Play Barber Shop GR
Colorado, The   114 3rd Street Furnished Rooms  
Gerichten George 122 3rd Street Physician  
Penn Drug Co.   122 3rd Street    
Cambon Jean 128 3rd Street Hotel Carmel  
Hotel Carmel   128 3rd Street Furnished Rooms  
Verbin Harry 130 3rd Street Mens Furnishings  
Bobos Manual 142 3rd Street U & I Lunch GR
Pioneer House   143 3rd Street    
Mensor A & J 144 3rd Street Clothes  
Flessouras Louis 146 3rd Street Acme Lunch Counter GR
Kampitsis George 152 3rd Street Purity Candy Kitchen GR
Hotel West   156 3rd Street    
Reliable Drug Co   166 3rd Street    
Deutsch Georg 170 3rd Street Delicatessen  
Hotel Emile   174 3rd Street Furnished Rooms  
California State Hotel   176 3rd Street Furnished Rooms  
Green & Ditzler   178 3rd Street Cigars  
Murphy Harold F 178 3rd Street Soft drinks  
Strepas Stratis 178 3rd Street Restaurant GR
Gus Kerhulas & Constantine Getas   182 3rd Street Chicago Café GR
Cortese Jas 186 3rd Street Books  
Milton House   190 3rd Street Furnished Rooms  
Tselios Jos S 192 3rd Street Popular Lunch Room GR
Prokopes Alex 196 3rd Street Restaurant GR
Peterson Harry R 198 3rd Street Soft drinks  
           
East side: 100 block of 3rd Street      
           
Jespersen Aage P 103 3rd Street Shoe Repair  
Spanopoulos Bros (John & Stefanos)   105 3rd Street U. S. Lunch GR
Reliable Loan Office   109 3rd Street    
Cleveland House   117 3rd Street Furnished Rooms  
Meads Restaurants & Bakeries   117 3rd Street    
Varellas George 137.5 3rd Street Reception Café GR
Affolter Bros.   141 3rd Street Meats  
Hotel Argus   149 3rd Street    
Hotel St. Elmo   151 3rd Street    
Meads Restaurants & Bakeries   159 3rd Street    
Linden Harry C 161 3rd Street Hd Goods  
Hotel Alta   165 3rd Street    
Murfin Rose 171 3rd Street Restaurant  
Hotel Occidental   175 3rd Street    
Wohlers Richard 175.5 3rd Street Trunks  
Blumenthal Benjamin 179 3rd Street Pawnbroker  
Strumquist Jas E 189 3rd Street Chiropractor  
Bleadon Chas L. 193 3rd Street Pawnbroker  
           
West side: 200 block of 3rd Street      
           
Last Name First Name Address Profession Greek?
Mahikoa Henry W 200 3rd Street Cigars  
Williams William A 202 3rd Street Restaurant  
Manolatos David 204 3rd Street M D Candy & Fruit Parlor GR
Mintz Isador 206 3rd Street Clothes  
Tobsen & Nelson   216 3rd Street Restaurant  
Colton House   224 3rd Street Furnished Rooms  
Gaus Chas 228 3rd Street Soft drinks  
Pearson John A 228 3rd Street Cigars  
Workman's Drug Store   230 3rd Street    
Rex Hotel   236 3rd Street    
Bergren & Hegburg Delicatessen   238 3rd Street    
Kent Theo 240 3rd Street Hardware GR
Golding Sol J. 246 3rd Street Clerk  
Panagis Anninos 258 3rd Street Reliable Trunk Store GR
Panagis Anninos 258 3rd Street Enos Photo Studio GR
Politakis E 274 3rd Street Old Glory Café GR
Choukalis Samuel 280 3rd Street Poppy Barber Shop GR
Deligiannis Peter A. 282 3rd Street London Clothing Co GR
Tompkins Bakery   286 3rd Street Tompkins Bakery  
Hotel Ray   292 3rd Street    
Vrahos J. 294 3rd Street 3rd Street Jewelry GR
Pacific Drug Co   296 3rd Street    
Halvas Bros (George & Peter)   296 3rd Street Halvas Brothers Confectionery GR
Halvas Bros (George & Peter)   298 3rd Street Halvas Brothers Cigar Store GR
           
East side: 200 block of 3rd Street      
           
Smith & Hartman   205 3rd Street    
Papagin Nicholas 209 3rd Street Barber GR
Poulos Chas 209 3rd Street Hats GR
Ghiradelli Jos 215 3rd Street Restaurant  
Eisenberg Mrs. Ray 217 3rd Street Mens Furnishings  
Marks Max J 219 3rd Street Cigars  
Denver House   221 3rd Street    
Denver Bath   225 3rd Street    
Cohen Chas 227 3rd Street Tailor  
Murphy Jos 229 3rd Street Soft drinks  
Opperman & Flavin   235 3rd Street Restaurant  
Hotel Monroe   237 3rd Street    
Solkovich Harry 247 3rd Street 2nd Hard Goods  
Jonas Sigmund 249 3rd Street Tailor  
Golden Eagle Hotel   253 3rd Street    
Lange Chas P 253 3rd Street Barber  
Anton Jas 265 3rd Street Tailor  
Sarlis Spiros 267 3rd Street La Paloma Barber Shop GR
Hotel Phoenix   269 3rd Street    
Robinson Isadore 275 3rd Street 2nd Hard Goods  
Young Leonard M 299 3rd Street Cigars  
           
West side: 300 block of Third Street      
           
Last Name First Name Address Profession Greek?
Belini Peter 300 3rd Street Cigars GR
Dunne Bernard   300 3rd Street Soft drinks  
Wannenmacher Rueben 302 3rd Street Meats  
Scatena Alf 304 3rd Street Groceries  
Kateveni C 306 3rd Street Eastern Star Restaurant GR
Hotel Sparta   314 3rd Street   GR
Scoufas Gus 316 3rd Street Olympia Restaurant GR
Olympia Baking Co.   318 3rd Street Olympia Baking Co. GR
Doomanis Bros. (Peter & Theo)   322 3rd Street Clothing GR
Bours Jeff 324 3rd Street Restaurant  
Antone Geo 326 3rd Street Golden West Shaving Parlor GR
Hotel Southern   328 3rd Street    
Drakos Anastasios 330 3rd Street Athens Pool Room GR
Hotel Texas   338 3rd Street    
California Greek Newspaper   340 3rd Street   GR
Mainas Bros   342 3rd Street Merchant tailors GR
Skiotes Manolis 344 3rd Street Zappeon Coffee House GR
Kaplanis George 346 3rd Street Eagle Market GR
Kuvelas Peter 346 3rd Street Meats GR
Hotel Paris   348 3rd Street    
Paras Bros   350 3rd Street Cosmopolitan Market GR
Philosofopulos Christ 352 3rd Street Barber GR
Phillips Chris B 354 3rd Street Barber  
Stangas Theo 354a 3rd Street Atlas Cleaning & Pressing GR
Hotel Stanley   356 3rd Street    
Hatzis Christ 360 3rd Street Tailor GR
Labaderne Peter 366 3rd Street Billiards  
Hotel Waldorf   370 3rd Street    
Varetakis Gus 374 3rd Street Shoe Repair, Shoe sales GR
Mastor & Nicholas   376 3rd Street Waldorf Restaurant GR
Hotel Overton   378 3rd Street    
Klipp Leonard 380 3rd Street Drugs  
Lim Mrs. CS 386 3rd Street Restaurant  
Chacanelis Vasillios 390 3rd Street Marathon Grocery GR
Beck House 392 3rd Street Furnished Rooms  
Boyadjis Kosta 392 3rd Street Boston Restaurant GR
Lagada Frank 394 3rd Street Barber  
Lincoln, The   396 3rd Street Furnished Rooms  
Caccia John 396.5 3rd Street Locksmith  
           
East side: 300 block of Third Street          
           
Phoenix Drug Co (Gazis & Styliades)   301 3rd Street Drugs GR
Skiotes George 301a 3rd Street Mare Island Barber Shop GR
Karavas & Papadakis   303 3rd Street Acropolis Grill GR
Grivas John 307 3rd Street Acropolis Fruit Store GR
Regal Hotel   315 3rd Street    
Manolis Dennis 317 3rd Street Arcadia Coffee House GR
Hotel Vendome   319 3rd Street    
Doukas Theodore 321 3rd Street Constantinople Coffee House GR
Antonakopoulos M 327 3rd Street Hellas Importing House GR
Dick Andros Merchant Tailor   331 3rd Street   GR
Manettas George 335 3rd Street Smyrna Coffee House GR
Triantafilou Thos 337 3rd Street Third Street Grocery GR
Stanton Hotel   345 3rd Street    
Samoulides John 347 3rd Street John's Barber Shop GR
Karamalis John 347 3rd Street Shaving Parlor GR
Manettas John 351 3rd Street Venus Coffee House GR
Majestic Theatre   365 3rd Street    
Eugene Hotel   367 3rd Street    
Katsas Chris 369 3rd Street Tailor GR
           
Verona Place (street)          
           
Alexander James 373-375 3rd Street Parthenon Grill GR
Sterling Hotel   377 3rd Street    
Cohen Meyer 379 3rd Street 2nd Hard Goods  
Lura E 381 3rd Street Clothes Cleaner  
Bilidas Constantine 383 3rd Street Athens Ice Cream Parlor GR
Poulos & Malekos   385 3rd Street Athens Tailoring Co GR
Cameo Hotel   389 3rd Street    
Papadopoulos Andrew 395 3rd Street Hardware GR
           
West side: 400 block of Third Street      
           
Last Name First Name Address Profession Greek?
Marinos J 402 3rd Street True Cigar Store GR
Spiropoulos 408 3rd Street Spiropoulos Import Co. GR
Pappadimou Paris 410 3rd Street Ice Cream Parlor GR
Karidis A 432 3rd Street Radio Market GR
Manos Stamatis 450 3rd Street Splendid Barber Shop GR
Lazzari & Farchi   464 3rd Street Grocery Store  
Kazamias George 470 3rd Street White Star Restaurant GR
O'Connor Dennis J 474 3rd Street Grocery Store  
Knopf Harry 484 3rd Street Shoe Repair  
Davis Robert 494 3rd Street Barber  
Curtis Samuel P. 498 3rd Street Cigars  
           
East side: 400 block of Third Street      
           
Triantos George 401 3rd Street New Fish Market & Grocery GR
Rodriguez Mrs. Savina 403 3rd Street Restaurant  
Jordan Jennie 405 3rd Street Furnished Rooms  
Marmarinos Basilios 407 3rd Street Eleftheria Shoe Manufacturing Co GR
Jager Martin 413 3rd Street Butchers Supplies  
Hunting Lawerence   427 3rd Street Restaurant  
Corchon Richard 433 3rd Street Grocery Store  
Rinaldo Jos Cigar Co   451 3rd Street    
Vondermehden Bros   455 3rd Street Auto assessories and used cars  
Richter Herman H 471 3rd Street Groceries  
Argile The 479 3rd Street Furnished Rooms  
Romero Teodora 483 3rd Street Restaurant  
Anderson Margaret 485a 3rd Street Furnished Rooms  
Taboas John 487 3rd Street Groceries  
Christenson Erik 493 3rd Street Cigars  
Presley Leonidas 493 3rd Street Watch maker GR
Claverie Louis   497 3rd Street Barber  
Dunn Henry 499 3rd Street Cigars  

 

After 1940, Greeks began to open businesses on Turk & Eddy streets in the Tenderloin district.  There were several Greek-owned markets and cafes as well as a Greek import store.

By 1960, the old buildings on 3rd Street had deteriorated badly.  They were demolished for the creation of apartment buildings, Moscone Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Greek town faded into history.

In 2001, the Hellenic American Professional Society dedicated a plaque to these early Greek immigrants and the contributions they made to the city of San Francisco. The plaque can be found on the corner of 3rd & Folsom streets.

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