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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

San Francisco's Black House: One Hell of a Place

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 12:10 PM

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From 1967 to 1997 the Victorian "Black House," pictured above, located at 6114 California in the Richmond District, served as home and headquarters to none other than Church of Satan founder Dr. Anton "The Black Pope" LaVey, author of the Satanic Bible.

The place was torn down in 2001 after being caught up in some truly devilish (I couldn't resist) family infighting and legal challenges following LaVey's death. Today three condos occupy the lot, and here's the peg: they're up for sale! Any enterprising Satanists out there looking for a new orgy spot?

Check out this 1998 Church of Satan letter concerning the Black House.

Here are some fascinating tidbits from a 1998 Chronicle article about the Black House:

"One of the highlights of that unholy union was Schreck's 1967 satanic baptism at the Black House, when she was 3 years old. The liturgy featured a naked 30-year-old priestess draped over the altar, breathing heavily, while Anton LaVey intoned, "Hail Satan!''

"LaVey lost ownership of the Black House in 1991, when a San Francisco judge ordered him to sell the property, along with his satanic memorabilia, and split the money with his estranged wife. Included among the devilish artifacts were a shrunken head, a reproduction of King Tut's sarcophagus, and a stuffed wolf."

(via Boing Boing/Photo courtesy Church of Satan *gulp*)

-- Brian Bernbaum

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