The Albion Castle was built as a brewery in 1870. During Prohibition it was closed down since they could not sell their beer. Parts of the building burned down during that time. The castle was rebuilt by a sculptor in 1939. The wall and the caves are... more
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Of course, Alcatraz is the tiny little island in the middle of the Bay that has such an amazing past as a top security prision that no one ever successfully escaped from it. But there's much more to its past that can only be discovered by actually vi... more
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In 1997 Amoeba Music crossed the Bay to open its San Francisco location, in a converted bowling alley at the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park. Here we stock hundreds of thousands of music and movie titles from every genre imaginable, and we're consta... more
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The Asian Art Museum has recently added more than 15,000 square feet more space to house groundbreaking exhibitions and art installations -- including the U.S. museum debut of an immersive, multisensory dreamscape created by Tokyo-based international... more
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555 California Street is a prominent modern skyscraper that stands as an iconic fixture in the San Francisco skyline and as an emblematic welcome to the Pacific Coast. Completed 44 years ago, the 52-story office tower has not lost any of its elegant... more
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Bayview Opera House currently provides arts education and cultural enrichment to San Franciscans on a low or no cost basis. Recent offerings include adult drama, dance and yoga classes, DARE TO DREAM ARTS school age after school classes, toddler and... more
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One of San Francisco's most storied and beloved sweet shops is shutting its doors permanently - https://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Legendary-San-Francisco-sweet-shop-Benkyodo-16743242.php . ~~~~~~~~ Continuing a family legacy, the two brothers... more
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The Bently Reserve Conference Center is the epitome of everything San Francisco, boasting the West Coast's most advanced networking technologies, unparalleled eco-friendly operations, and the classic style of the Financial District's most distinguish... more
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Demolished. Candlestick Park (colloquially, The 'Stick) was an outdoor sports and entertainment arena; home to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL and San Francisco Giants in MLB. The stadium was home to many memorable moments in sports; notably t... more
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Another Planet Entertainment (APE) is partnering with Bay Properties, Inc., owners of the Castro Theatre, on an evolution of San Francisco's world-renowned entertainment landmark. More info: https://apeconcerts.com/venues/castro-theatre/ . In a n... more
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Renowned for its diverse selections and its fostering of the then little-known Beat Movement in the early fifties. Its success as a publisher of poetry volumes and offbeat writing collections, and its dedication to San Francisco writers has set made... more
Clarion Alley runs one block between 17th & 18th and Mission and Valencia streets. The Alley is an amazing testament to street art, public art and a love of the Mission. Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) was established in 1992 by a volunteer... more
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Located in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach district, Club Fugazi--built in 1913--has a long and storied arts history. Under the ownership and management of the Italian Community Services, the venue served as the location for jazz pianist The... more
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It is a matter of historical record that the Coit Tower art project was the prototype for the decade of the New Deal art that followed, 1933-43, halted finally by World War II. Utilizing carefully selected artistic talent, the project provided an ico... more
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The Conservatory of Flowers is a spectacular living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants under glass. From Borneo to Bolivia, the 1,500 species of plants at the Conservatory represent unusual flora from more than 50 countries around the world... more
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Cupid's Span is an outdoor sculpture by married artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, installed along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, California, in the United States. The 60-foot (18 m) sculpture, commissioned by GAP founders Donald and... more
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In August 2018, San Francisco Heritage received title to its second historic property, The Doolan-Larson Residence and Storefronts, located at the "crossroads of the counterculture" at the corner of Haight and Ashbury. Originally constructed in 1903,... more
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The main gate to Chinatown is the entrance to Grant Street with it's many shops and interesting traditions. While the main shopping for everyday people is Stockton, this entire area of Chinatown is great for tourists and locals alike who are looking... more
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The Exploratorium is now open in our spectacular new home at Pier 15 on San Francisco's Embarcadero. There are 150 new exhibits - indoors and out - plus hundreds of beloved classics, a Bay Observatory, a bigger focus on tinkering and social science,... more
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The Filbert Street Steps, cut from Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill down to the Embarcadero. The steps run through the Grace Marchant Garden, which resident Grace Marchant started in 1949 and is now tended to and paid for by the residents of the "street.... more
The Flood Building is one of San Francisco's best known landmarks. Completed in 1904, the Flood Building has withstood earthquakes and the threat of demolition. It is now the distinctive home to numerous businesses and continues to be one of San Fr... more
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Fort Mason Center, located in the historic piers and buildings of Lower Fort Mason, offers a variety of activities of the highest quality at minimum or no cost, suitable for all ages and interests. This former military base offers the opportunity to... more
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From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point was planned as the most formidable deterrence America could offer to a naval attack on California.   Special Park Use Permits The Office of Special Park Uses is located... more
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Ghirardelli Square is one of San Francisco's most treasured landmarks. The story of the city is played out in the Square's history and we're proud to share that with you. Welcome to Ghirardelli Square – home to some of the finest views, galleri... more
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The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the one-mile-wide (1.6 km), one-point-seven-mile-long (2.7 km) channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the American city of San Franci... more
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Since 1962, San Francisco's legendary Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory has been making custom fortune cookies by hand. more
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What can one say about Golden Gate Park that hasn't already been said... From it's unique flora and fauna, to it's sports fields and picnic spots... From Hippy Hill to the Carousel... This is the park that's uniquely connected to San Francisco.... more
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The Japanese Tea Garden endures as one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco, featuring classic elements such as an arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, stepping stone paths, native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds and a zen garde... more
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The Golden Gate Theatre celebrates 100 Years. Built in the 1922, this former vaudeville house and movie theater was restored and reopened nearly 60 years later as a leading-edge performing arts venue. The Golden Gate Theatre is located at the corner... more
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Grace Cathedral is the daughter of historic Grace Church. The first little chapel was built in the gold rush year of 1849, and the imposing third church, for a time called Grace "Cathedral," was destroyed in the fire following the 1906 earthquake. Th... more
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Tours of this house museum are offered regularly: Sundays, 11am - 4pm / Wednesdays and Saturdays, 12noon - 3pm Tours leave every 20 to 30 minutes and last about 1 hour. All visits to the house must be guided. Reservations are not required. As... more
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The building was designated an official San Francisco Landmark on August 2, 1981. The Hibernia Savings and Loan Society left the building in 1985, and was acquired by Security Pacific Bank in 1988. Security Pacific Bank itself was acquired by Bank o... more
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This landmark sits atop Nob Hill but is only accessible if you're a member of the Pacific-Union Club. Wish they had an open house day for SF residents. How many times will we walk by and never be able to enter? Image Credit: Photo by Frank... more
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Free Saturdays The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offers free general admission every Saturday for all San Francisco residents.  Explore permanent collections and enjoy a variety of free programming.  Some special exhibitions are not i... more
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Nestled on the edge of Lincoln Park, the Lincoln Park Steps at 32nd Avenue, date from the early 1900's and are an elegant reminder of San Francisco’s earlier days.  The stairs are a gateway from the surrounding urban neighborhood to the op... more
San Francisco is a great walking city.  If you're in the Presidio, Marina or Pac Heights, and have the time and curiosity, the Lyon Street steps offer walkers a cooridor through mansions on one side, the trees and vegitation of the Presidi on th... more
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Built in 1896, McLaren Lodge was the home of the park department's first superintendent, John McLaren, until 1943. McLaren Lodge is currently both the headquarters for the Recreation and Park Department and an interesting stop for architecture buffs,... more
In the structure once used as an Air Mail carrier depot and a gymnasium at the Presidio of San Francisco, were secretly trained and housed the first class of the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) Language School, the forerunner of the renown Defens... more
Founded in 1776 near the village of Chutchui by Franciscan Friar Francisco Palou, Mission San Francisco de Asis, popularly known as Mission Dolores, has always had a central place in the civic and cultural life of San Francisco. Today, besides be... more
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Mission San Francisco de Asís, or Mission Dolores, is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco and the seventh religious settlement established as part of the California chain of missions. The Mission was founded on June 29, 1776, by Li... more