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  • 1 Embarcadero Center Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The embarcadero USA - San Francisco, CA 94111

    The city's largest office and commercial complex, this series of four slab-like office towers, completed in 1982, and the adjoining Hyatt Regency Hotel (1973) cover nearly 10 acres between the Embarcadero and the heart of the Financial District. A th..

  • 2 Ferry Building Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Embarcadero at Market St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94105

    A hugely successful renovation, completed in 2003, has brought this long-neglected landmark back into the spotlight as an airy gourmet retail and restaurant complex. Designed by A. Page Brown of Colusa sandstone, the building was hailed at its dedica..

  • 3 Fort Mason Center Interesting

    Museums and art

    USA - San Francisco, CA 94123

    Overlooking San Francisco Bay, this former US Army fort was used during the Civil War and as the command center for battling Native American uprisings in the late 19C. It was converted to civilian use in 1972. A path leads from the western end of Fis..

  • 4 Fort Point National Historic Site Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Marine Dr USA - San Francisco, CA 94129

    Tucked beneath a steel arch at the southern anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge, this impressive, multistoried brick-and-granite fort (1861) stands as a fine example of Civil War-era masonry and military architecture. Designed to guard the entrance t..

  • 5 101 California Street Building Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    101 California St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94111

    This stepped-back glass silo (1982, Johnson & Burgee) has a three-story glass atrium that slices into the base of the building, acting as the main entrance. A triangular plaza runs south to Market Street.

  • 6 Union Square Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    333 Post St USA - San Francisco, CA 94108

    This 2.6-acre parcel was landscaped in the early 1850s and was named on the eve of the Civil War, when it hosted numerous rallies in support of the Union. Today it is the hub of the city's most popular shopping district. The slender, 97ft granite Cor..

  • 7 Ghirardelli Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    900 North Point St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94109

    One of the finest examples of San Francisco's dedication to preserving its historic buildings, this famed redbrick shopping and dining complex, once the home of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, is being converted into time-share condominiums and a ..

  • 8 Ma-Tsu Temple of USA Interesting

    Religious buildings

    30 Beckett St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94133

    This brightly attractive and very accessible temple honors the Queen of Heaven, using her title as known in China's coastal Fujian and Guangdong provinces and Taiwan. The central statue is guarded by figures of two ferocious warriors-the blue-faced S..

  • 9 Bank of California Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    400 California St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94104

    Now the Union Bank of California, this exquisite, classically proportioned bank (1907, Bliss & Faville) displays the energy and resources put into rebuilding San Francisco after the 1906 fire. A regal, coffered ceiling tops the magnificent banking ha..

  • 10 Cable Car Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    1201 Mason Street USA - San Francisco, CA 94108

    This weathered brick building on the steep north slope of Nob Hill offers an up-close look at the nerve center of San Francisco's renowned cable-car system, the only one of its kind in the world. Besides serving as a powerhouse and car-storage barn, ..

  • 11 City Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - San Francisco, CA 94102

    Testament to San Francisco's civic pride, this monumental Beaux-Arts edifice, crowned by a magnificent dome, is considered by many to be San Francisco's most beautiful building. Designed by Arthur Brown, Jr., a graduate of the École des Beaux Arts in..

  • 12 Tin How Temple

    Religious buildings

    125 Waverly Place USA - San Francisco, CA

    One of Chinatown's best-known and -loved landmarks, this small temple houses a mah-jongg parlor, an eclectic mix of altars (think: money, oranges and even dim sum) and other evidence of the local faiths and culture. The 1852 building (Chinatown's old..

  • 13 San Francisco Fire Department Museum

    Museums and art

    655 Presidio Ave. USA - San Francisco, CA 94115

    This converted firehouse garage houses a wonderful collection of historic fire engines, including the city's first hand-drawn pump cart (1849). Historical displays, photos and memorabilia, including eclectic collections of fire extinguishers, helmets..

  • 14 San Francisco Public Library

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - San Francisco, CA 94102

    Opened in 1996, San Francisco's new $137 million Main Library (James Ingo Freed & Cathy Simon) was built next door to the "Old Main," now the Asian Art Museum. The main facade, facing City Hall, reveals an updated version of Beaux-Arts clas..

  • 15 North Beach Museum

    Museums and art

    1435 Stockton St., dans la mezzanine de la banque USA - San Francisco, CA 94133

    This small, bank-sponsored museum highlights North Beach's multiethnic heritage through changing displays and photo exhibits of the Chinese and Italian communities in the late 19C and early 20C. The museum features an 11-panel photographic panorama o..

  • 16 Old Chinese Telephone Exchange

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    743 Washington St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94108

    The neighborhood's most exuberant example of chinoiserie rises in three graceful pagoda-like tiers above a glossy, red-pillared pediment. Now a branch of the Bank of Canton, the one-story building was opened as the Chinatown Telephone Exchange in 190..

  • 17 Old Mint

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    88 5th St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94103

    Future home of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society (expected date of completion: 2009), the Old Mint-fondly known as the Granite Lady-is one of San Francisco's finest Neoclassical buildings. Made of brick with stone facing in 1874, the st..

  • 18 Old St. Mary's Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    660 California St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94108

    The largest building in the state at the time of its dedication in 1854, this handsome Catholic church began as a cathedral, the first seat of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The Gothic Revival structure was redesignated a church following construc..

  • 19 San Francisco Art Institute

    Museums and art

    800 Chestnut St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94133

    Founded in 1871, this prestigious fine-arts college occupies a Spanish Colonial Revival-style building (1926, Arthur Brown, Jr.), expanded in the béton brut style by English-born architect Paffard Keatinge Clay in 1969. A cultural center as well as a..

  • 20 Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    101 Market St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94105

    A vaulted loggia covers the bank's Market Street frontage, from which the bulk of the building (1982, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) steps back in a series of terraces. In the lobby, the interactive Fed Center: Exploring Our Nation's Central Bank exhibi..

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