The Black House
Pre-Demolition Photos from 2001

By Vexen Crabtree 2001

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Anton LaVey founded and ran the Church of Satan from the 'Black House', his home in San Francisco. LaVey was High Pope of the Church of Satan from 1966 until his death in 1997. Some photos of the Black House Altar are available on the Church of Satan website. The Black House was demolished on 2001 Oct 17. When I was in San Francisco in 2001 I climbed the slow hill of California Street until I reached house 6114, and took some last photos of this diabolical abode.

Peter Gilmore wrote a brief obituary to the house in "The Satanic Scriptures" (2007):

Book CoverFor the past several years, the Black House at 6114 California Street sat empty and brooding, the quintessential "shunned house." [...] It was not meant to survive the death of the unique owner who had given it preternatural life. [...] With Dr. LaVey as its genius loci, it became a nexus point for those who shared his Satanic sensibilities. It was truly an "unholy of unholies" for the select group of sinister individuals who were fortunate enough to be invited to cross its threshold and pass through the stygian pall of the entry hallway. Those of us who enjoyed many hours in its tenebrous embrace will never forget its charm - and its mysteries.

"The Satanic Scriptures" by Peter Gilmore (2007)1

Current edition: 2001 Jan 28
Last Modified: 2010 Dec 17
Parent page: Historical Satanism

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Gilmore, Peter. High Priest of the Church of Satan (as of 2001+).
(2007) The Satanic Scriptures. Hardback book. Published by Scapegoat Publishing, USA. Compendium of texts. Many essays are new editions of older texts by Gilmore.

LaVey, Anton. (1930-1997) Founder of the Church of Satan.
(1969) The Satanic Bible. Paperback book. Published by Avon Books Inc, New York, USA. Anton LaVey founded the Church of Satan in 1966..


  1. Peter Gilmore (2007 version) "Farewell, Dark Fane". Gilmore is the High Priest of the Church of Satan. Published in the compendium of essays "The Satanic Scriptures" by Peter Gilmore (2007). Quote added to this page on 2010 Dec 17.^

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