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    The Pacific Stock Exchange

    by mydreamquest Written Jul 15, 2005

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    The Pacific Stock Exchange

    Favorite thing: This building is located on Sansome Street near California. Established in 1882 as the San Francisco Stock and Bond exchange, it is actually the World's first exchange market in SF with the mission "To maintain a free and open market wherein the investor could convert his cash into securities and his securities into cash at will, at a fair and honest price.."

    In 1957, it merged with the exchange market in Los Angeles to be known as the Pacific Stock Exchange.

    Today, it is a lesser known market as Wall Street's "Dow Jones" is the market the world pays the most attention to.

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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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    A city of architectural richness.

    by worldkiwi Written May 5, 2007

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    Housing in The Marina.

    Favorite thing: I was impressed and intrigued by the range of architecture in San Francisco. This picture is from the Marina district, where art-deco style (I think) houses dominate. This is a quiet neighbourhood and seemingly off the beaten trail, so it's nice to stroll around and take photographs.

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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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    Beauty and the Concrete Jungle

    by azz8206 Written Jan 24, 2011
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    Favorite thing: One of my favourite things to do while in San Francisco was riding the cable cars and admiring the colourful and beautiful houses. I was very impressed by the architecture and the uniqueness of San Francisco homes relative to other homes in the U.S. Traveling up and down San Fran's hills I really got to appreciate the people that live in these houses, maybe being a little envious of them. They have great views of San Francisco, beautiful and well trimmed trees lined up along their streets, each home colourful, unique and different from the one next to them. Who wouldn't be just a little jealous of them, living in such a great city?
    There were also some buildings that caught my eye. Like the Westin St. Francis Hotel in front of Union Square on Powell St. It looks majestic with three columns jutting out and two inner courtyards, it resembles a palace. And looking out over Union Square, it's in the perfect location. Other beautiful and innovative buildings are Macy's, Coit Tower, the Sir Francis Drake Hotel and the TransAmerica building.
    So when in San Francisco make sure to take the time out to admire everything around you.

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    Great architecture against clear, blue skies.

    by Girlbybay Updated May 5, 2005
    Buddha Bar, Chinatown.

    Favorite thing: I love wandering around on 'urban hikes' through all the diverse neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has unique archictecture and ethnic cultures. If you love Italian food and culture there's North Beach. It's tiny streets are full of great bakeries and coffee houses, plus an abundance of great Italian cafes. The Mission has tons of great and cheap taco stands and lots of lively street people. Chinatown looks like another country and you can walk around finding great dim sum and noodle houses. Or just try and guess what all the strange looking foods are hanging in windows or being haggled over by the locals. Then there's Pacific Heights and Russian Hill with their beautiful Victorian mansions and streets with great shops and restaurants. Cow Hollow and the Marina are fun places to shop and grab food, too. Noe Valley is tucked away in the sunny part of the city and has lots of little book stores, cafes and shops as well. There's the Haight, with it's street kids, funky clothing and jewelry shops. The Richmond is sometimes called New Chinatown and has a rich Russian community as well. No matter which neighborhood you visit - you'll be seeing the real San Francisco and not just what the guide books sell you.

    Fondest memory: When I'm away, I miss the local corner stores, the unique mom&pop shops and just being able to walk around my neighborhood in Pacific Heights and find just about any type of food I could want and everything else I need as well. No cars needed here!

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Enjoy the beautiful painted...

    by shrimp56 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Enjoy the beautiful painted houses that you can see in some of the city's neighborhoods. This one was near Japantown.

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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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    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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