Architecture, San Francisco
Most people in San Francsco have no idea that their city is host to the world's second largest sundial. It was built in 1913 as a gimic to attract people to a new housing development that was built arround the configuration of the old Ingleside Race Track.
Here are the directions so that you can find the sun dial within the maze of streets that shield it from the world: Drive along Ocean Avenue until you reach Victoria (these streets meet where the Voice of Pentecost Church occupies the old El Rey theater). Go only one block along Victoria, turn right on Urbano, turn left on Borica, and right on Entrado
Go to Alamo Square to visit the Painted Ladies
you must be wondering what is a painted lady, me too before.
The Painted ladies are a row of houses in Queen Anne Victorians Style in pastel colours at Steiner Street.
they had been a sight in many films of San Francisco, so in our way to the Golden gate Park we stopped for a walk around.
Walking across the city is the best way to discover these beautiful houses...
This house on the picture is close to Lombard street but I've seen plentyof nice houses in Mission, Castro and Haight-Ashbury area...
I read many San Franciscan did not like this building. Some of them even compare it to an oversized jukebox.
I don't know why, I really like it, it is original and very specific, at least you know you are in SF...
The Victorian Homes tour. This magnificient tour is probably overlooked my most. It is a slow paced walking tour viewing some of the best victorian homes in San Francisco. This particular one was featured in Mrs. Doubtfire.
Except for our parks, public San Francisco is not a particularly green city. One of our best kept secrets is that the shoulder to shoulder facades of our residences hide thousands of beautiful private gardens.
Real Esate Open Houses are a good way to see these gardens and the inside of private Victorian houses while mingling with the natives without hanging out in bars.
Open house are possibly unique to the United States real estate market and are very popular throughout the country. On Sunday afternoon, realtors invite the public to visit residential properties which they are selling.
Just pick up the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle and find the addresses and hours in the Real Estate section. Properties are listed by neighborhood and some good neighborhoods for traditional San Francisco architecture are: Noe Valley, Upper Market, Pacific Heights, Western Addition, North Beach, Marina.
Don't be self conscious if you have no intention of buying property here. Most of the people you run into are also just kicking tires.
Some people like to look at the outsides of big houses. In San Francisco, the big houses are in Sea Cliff (near 49th Avenue in the Richmond District) and Presidio Heights (around Washington Street near Arguello Blvd.). Hillsborough, a suburb south of San Francisco, has larger homes. Marin County (north of San Francisco) has expensive real estate.
Some people like to see the works of well known architects. If so, San Francisco has more than its share. The new San Francisco Public Library (near City Hall) was designed by I.M.Pei. John Portman designed Embarcadero Center, a 5 building development near the Ferry Building at the end of Market Street. The Transamerica Pyramid was designed by William Periera in 1973. Some people like to eat lunch in the atrium of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill's 101 2nd Street building.
City Hall - way up Market Street then down a little side street to the right. I only came across it because I was staying in a youth hostel a block away. If you've ever seen a Dirty Harry movie, you'll probably recognise this place.
'Smallest house in San Francisco'(so I believe), it's in Telegraph Hill (when i find the address I will put it in). Although don't forget it is someone's house.