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    Eclectic architecture that works

    by jglsongs Written Apr 17, 2004

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    San Francisco- old, new and newer

    Favorite thing: San Francisco style spans decades from the Victorian homes on Alamo Square, to the stately stone buildings from the turn of the century, to the wooden homes and stucco apartments.

    While you're sitting in an outdoor cafe or walking along a side street, take a good look at the houses and buildings. You'll notice a lack of uniformity (it's San Francisco, why would it go for uniformity?) and eclecticism that works well together.

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    Step Inside San Francisco City Hall

    by karenincalifornia Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    Interior of San Francisco City Hall

    Favorite thing: Admire the elegant marble, ornate carvings, lighting from the skylights and the huge marble staircase inside City Hall.

    City Hall was extensively damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Years of reconstruction and seismic retrofitting has been completed so City Hall should now withstand a major quake.

    This picture shows the entrance on the second floor to Mayor Gavin Newsom's office. On the ground floor are couples and families celebrating wedding days.

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    San Francisco City Hall

    by karenincalifornia Written Mar 1, 2004

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    San Francisco City Hall

    Favorite thing: City Hall is referred to as the "Crown Jewel" of San Francisco. It was built in 1915 in Beaux Arts style and is now a National Historic Landmark. The architect was Arthur Brown Jr., who also designed the Opera House, Veterans' Building, Temple Emanuel, Coit Tower and 50 United Nationals Plaza.

    The dome is 306 feet high and the building itself contains 500,000 square feet of floor space.

    City Hall is the location of many high profile weddings, including Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, and most recently thousands of same-sex couples.

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    Architecture of Stanford University

    by meteorologist1 Written Feb 15, 2004
    Stanford University

    Favorite thing: Stanford University located in Palo Alto should not be missed for the unique architecture of its buildings. The architecture can be considered as a "Mission-style" architecture with probably a Spanish/Mexican feel, just like those of many California missions. Besides that, this is one of the most famous universities in the United States ranked high in many academic areas. If you are a student, this university is a must-see!

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    Jackson Square

    by gilescorey Written Jan 20, 2004

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    Transamerica

    Favorite thing: One of my favorite spots for architecture in San Francisco is Jackson Square. The old mercantile buildings of this neighborhood survived the great quake and offset the financial towers behind with great contrast.

    Fondest memory: This is a logical stop on the way down from Coit Tower

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    Financial District

    by Djinn76 Updated Dec 30, 2003
    Financial District from the Co��t tower.

    Favorite thing: This was the place where gold miners went to weigh their gold dust...
    Since then, it has slightly changed. You can easily recognised the Transamerica Pyramid and to its left, the First Interstate Center towers.
    The other dark building to its right is the Bank of America.

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  • Victorian Architecture

    by zChris Updated Jun 17, 2003

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    Victorian houses in the Haight

    Favorite thing: Of course, when most people think of the physical character of the city of San Francisco, they think of two things: the forty-thre massive hills on which the city is built, and its world-famous Victorian architecture. Indeed, the craftsmanship of wood used on some of the homes in city city is exquisite. the city's most treasured and grandiose homes are affectionately known as 'Painted Laidies' for their pastel colouring and 19th century whimsy. Interestingly, the majority of the city's Victorian housing stock lies outside the tourist's haunt of the city's northeast corner. It was this region which was most badly damaged by the fire after the famous 1906 earthquake, and very few Victorian homes survive here. The few notable remaining examples stand around the Vallejo Steps in Russian Hill. The vast majority of the city's Victorian stock lies west across Van Ness Avenue, the width of which served as a firebreak during the post-earthquake fire. The best homes are located in the districts of Pacific Heights, the Western Addition, Hayes Valley (where the famous Postcard Row along Alamo Square sits before the skyline), the Mission District, Noe Valley, the Castro District, and the Haight District, where the examples in the photo at left stand. The Haight (see below) is the place I recommend one see Victorians- they are in abundance here more than any other locale in the city, and their conservative apprearance provides an interesting contrast to the neighbourhood's countercultural roots. The description 'Victorian' for these homes is actually a misnomer. While quite a few were built during the reign of Queen Victoria, a disproportionate number more were built during the Edwardian period directly following. The distinction is subtle architecturally but is made by San Francisco realtors. The 'Victorian' category itself is actually a composite of several late 19th century architectural styles. One can distinguish amongst them:

    Fondest memory: The Italianite Style is the earliest, appearing in the 1860s and lasting through the 1880s. Italianite homes feature high, rounded windows and heavy cornices building outwards. These homes will generally be quite plain save a bay window projection.

    The Stick Style became fashionable in the 1880s and features windows more elongated than those of Italianite homes with tops much flatter. The cornices of Stick homes are less ornate as well.

    The Queen Anne Style is a radical departure from both and was used mainly in the 1880s-1910s. Queen Anne homes were either built of wood plank or shingle and often feature fanciful assymetrical designs including turrets and rounded window indentations.

    Colourful streets full of these homes make for a favourful impression as well as a convincing argument that San Francisco has easily asserted vernacular architectural styles and that, en masse, they help to shape the city and define its uniqueness.

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    Victorian architecture

    by PetraG Updated May 13, 2003

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    Haas-Lilienthal-House

    Favorite thing: As s big architecture-fan I was very impressed by all these lovely VIctorian houses.

    Fondest memory: There are a lot of famous ones like the Steiner's Painted Ladies, the Red VIctorian, the Octagon House or the Haas-Lilienthal-House (picture), but you can find a lot of them just walking around the streets of San Francisco. Just open your eyes and admire the coulors and the style!

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    This is the San Francisco City Hall

    by Waalewiener Written Sep 15, 2004

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    San Francisco City Hall

    Favorite thing: This is a closer up of the City of San Francisco City Hall Building.

    Fondest memory: The offial website is
    http://www.ci.sf.ca.us/

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    This is the San Francisco City Hall

    by Waalewiener Written Sep 15, 2004

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    San Francisco City Hall

    Favorite thing: The City Hall in San Francisco.
    A beautiful building grey/white building with a blue and gold dome on top of the building ,very nice .

    Fondest memory: The offial website is
    http://www.ci.sf.ca.us/

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    This is the San Francisco City Hall

    by Waalewiener Written Sep 15, 2004

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    San Francisco City Hall

    Favorite thing: The City Hall in San Francisco.
    A beautiful building grey/white building with a blue and gold dome on top of the building ,very nice .

    Fondest memory: The offial website is
    http://www.ci.sf.ca.us/

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    Architecture

    by acemj Updated Jul 4, 2004

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    Church of St. Peter and Paul

    Favorite thing: These are the towers of North Beach's famous Church of St. Peter and Paul, which stand gracefully over Washington Square Park

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    Row Houses

    by Nexus7 Written Oct 26, 2003
    No yard to mow

    Favorite thing: This is a good picture that depicts the incredible architecture that exists in this city. Many houses of various colors next to one another.

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    This is City Hall before it...

    by Mindjob Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This is City Hall before it was damaged in the earthquake of 1989 (a day I'll always remember). After it was repaired they painted the dome green.

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    This is Moscone center. Its a...

    by Mindjob Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This is Moscone center. Its a large convention hall and was named after a former mayor who was killed during his second term in office.

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