Famous buildings of San Francisco

California Palace of the Legion of Honor


The California Palace of the Legion of Honor (often abbreviated to simply Legion of Honor by locals) is a fine art museum in San Francisco. The Legion of Honor was the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, wife of the sugar magnate and Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder Adolph B. Spreckels. The building, completed in 1924, is a three-quarters scale imitation of the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur in Paris. The design, by George Applegarth and H. Guillaume, was also based on a model of the Hôtel de Salm that appeared at the 1915 Panama Pacific Exhibition, so it is not an exact copy.


The museum building occupies an elevated site in Lincoln Park in the northwest of the city, with views over the Golden Gate Bridge. The plaza and fountain in front of the Palace of the Legion of Honor is the western terminus of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across America. The terminus marker and an interpretive plaque are located in the southwest corner of the plaza and fountain, just to the left of the Palace.

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San Francisco Landmarks, Buildings, History, Culture, Museum