Adolph Sutro Virtual Program

November 19, 2020

Adolph Sutro

Anyone who has been to San Francisco has seen Sutro Tower looming over the city. A visit to Land's End and you see Sutro Baths. You may well have walked through Sutro Gardens to enjoy the views and beauty. All well known locations in San Francisco but who was Sutro?


Diana Kohnke of the Sutro Library gave a presentation on Adolph Sutro and the Library he left to the city of San Francisco. Diana Kohnke has been with the Sutro Library since 2011. Before that, she had the opportunity to work at several archives and special collections in the San Francisco Bay Area such as the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies. Her graduate research was concentrated on American History 1865-Present, as well as archives and special collections.


Her presentation discussed how this German immigrant made a fortune in the Comstock Lode. He became one of the largest landowners in San Francisco was elected mayor of San Francisco, planted his own forest, and, started a library to name a few of his accomplishments. To say this man led a full and interesting life would be an understatement.