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Ghirardelli Square Article

Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Landmarks, Fishermans Wharf, Gary Danko, Fairmont Heritage Place

Ghirardelli Square is a landmark with shops and restaurants in the Fisherman's Wharf area. A portion of the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Pioneer Woolen Mills and D. Ghirardelli Company. In 1893, Domingo Ghirardelli purchased the entire city block in order to make...

Coit Tower Article

San Francisco Landmarks, Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill, Lombard Street

Coit Tower is a 210ft (64m) tower located in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The tower was designed by architects Arthur Brown, Jr. & Henry Howard and built in 1933 at the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy socialite and one of the more eccentric characters in the...

Grace Cathedral Article

San Francisco Landmarks, Church, Culture

Inspired by Notre Dame in Paris, the third largest Episcopal cathedral in the US stands on the site of Charles Crocker’s Nob Hill mansion, which was destroyed in the 1906 disaster. Construction began in 1910 but was not completed until 1964. Despite its Gothic look, it is constructed of steel...

Yerba Buena Gardens Article

San Francisco Landmarks, Yerba Buena Gardens, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, Yerba Buena Carousel, Esplanade, Zeum, Arts, Culture

Yerba Buena was the name of the town in the Mexican territory of Alta California that became the city of San Francisco, California, after it was claimed by the United States in 1846. Yerba Buena Gardens is the name for two blocks of public parks located between Third and Fourth, Mission and Folsom...

Mission Dolores Article

San Francisco Landmarks, Mission Dolores, Religion

The old Misión San Francisco de Asís acquired its popular name, Mission Dolores, from a small stream that once flowed nearby, Arroyo de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores. It is the oldest building in the city of San Francisco and the only intact mission chapel in the chain of 21 (of which it was...

City Hall Article

San Francisco Landmarks, City Hall, Government, Buildings

San Francisco City Hall re-opened in 1915, in its open space area in the city's Civic Center, is a Beaux-Arts monument to the City Beautiful movement that epitomized the high-minded American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1917. The structure's dome is the fifth largest in the world. The present...

Sutro Baths Article

San Francisco Sightseeing, San Francisco Landmarks, History, Sutro Baths, Cliff House

Sutro Baths circa 1896 On March 14, 1896 the Sutro Baths were opened to the public as the world's largest indoor swimming pool establishment. The Baths were built on the sleepy western side of San Francisco by wealthy entrepreneur and former mayor of San Francisco (1894-1896), Adolph Sutro. The...

Fillmore Auditorium Article

San Francisco Landmarks, Buildings, Bill Graham, Culture, Arts

The Fillmore Auditorium is a historic music venue in San Francisco. Named for its original location at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard, it lies on the boundary of the Western Addition and the Pacific Heights neighborhoods. In 1968, Bill Graham moved his concerts to a...

Transamerica Pyramid Article

San Francisco Landmarks, Financial District, Buildings, Transamerica Corporation

Built on the location of the historic Montgomery Block, it has a structural height of 260m (850ft) and contains 48 floors of retail and office space. Although the tower no longer serves as the Transamerica Corporation headquarters, it is still strongly associated with the company and is depicted in...

Bank of America Center Article

San Francisco Landmarks, Financial District, Bank of America, Buildings

This 52-story and 779ft (237.4m) skyscraper on 555 California Street in San Francisco, formerly Bank of America Center, was the first skyscraper to be erected in the city, in 1972. The tower served as the world headquarters of Bank of America until the 1998 merger with NationsBank, when company...