San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco

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    City Hall: San Francisco's Civil Pride

    by coolpanda87 Updated Jan 19, 2004

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    City Hall

    San Francisco's city hill is a beautiful building near Market street, between the financial district and the Embarcado.

    From the picture, you could see how much pride San Franciscans have for their perfect city.

    It has often been referred to as "The Crown Jewel" of the finest architecture in America. The architect was Arthur Brown Jr., who also designed San Francisco"s Opera House, Veterans Building, Temple Emanuel, Coit Tower and 50 United Nations Plaza.

    City halls takes up over 2 blocks, and has one of the largest domes in the world. Total area of the building is over 500 000 square feet.

    In 1989, City Hall was damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake. It has now been designed to remain operational even after a great earthquake. The grand public Light Courts on the main floor of the building have been restored with elegant marble walls and skylights spanning over 7,000 square foot spaces.

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    However, there are a lot of hobos roaming around in this area, & usually they sleep in the park in front of city hall. It is best to visit city hall at noon or at least at busy times, for they are active in other areas of the city. At night, this area can get really dangerous, for there seem to be a lot of drug dealers nearby.

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    City Hall

    by acemj Updated Jun 25, 2003

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    A beautiful golden dome, don't you think? It's actually inspired by St. Peter's in Rome (Vatican City) and was built for the International Expo of 1915. It is open to the public and you can visit between 8 am and 8 pm Monday through Fridays.

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  • Civic Center

    by zChris Updated Jun 16, 2003

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    City Hall

    The grand beaux-arts Civic Center is the city's imposingly beautiful governmental and cultural hub. The centre hosts City Hall as well as many important state and federal office buildings. The complex includes several theatres, a symphony, an opera and a large plaza. City Hall, the centrepiece is spectacular, a masterpiece larger than the US Capitol. The gold leaf of the City Hall dome often reflects brilliantly in the morning sunlight, its European grandeur a testament to the vast financial and military power once amassed at San Francisco. Civic Center is also a cultural hub, and the Davies Symphony Hall, while not as gracious as its counterparts, hosts among the world's best musicians. The nearby War Memorial Opera House is by far more stately, and likewise holds splendid performances. It was here in 1945 that the UN was incipiated, commemorated across the centre at United Nations Plaza, with its lighted columns and fountain. A farmer's market is held there Sundays and Wednesdays, though it has a reputation among locals as a homeless haven. Between the plaza and City Hall is the neo-beaux arts Main Library and the Asian Art Museum. The complex was built prior to World War I in accordance with the Burnham Plan, a master post-1906 earthquake redesign of the city by Daniel Burnham- never fully implemented. The plan called for the levelling of the city's hills and the construction of a 'new Rome' of arterial boulevards lined with collosal columned and domed structures. Nob Hill was to be remade as Palatine. The entire plan revolved around the massive Civic Center, central hub of city power. Much of the rest of the plan was abandoned for financial or property rights reasons. Burnham went on to design other such plans for cities, most notably Chicago, which exemplified the City Beautiful movement of urban design. None of his plans were ever fully realised, and the San Francisco Civic Center is probably the largest component of his ideas ever constructed.

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    City Hall

    by Djinn76 Written Jan 21, 2003

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    Also completed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific exposition, this another huge monument.
    The dome is inspired from St Peter's in Rome, it is higer than the Capitol in Washington, DC...
    A simple check of your bag and a passage under the metal detector and you can admire it from inside.

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    San Francisco City Hall

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    City Hall is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on weekends from 12 to 4 p.m.
    free public tours Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 2 p.m. Sign-up for tours at the Docent Tour Kiosk, on the main floor (Van Ness side of the building) by the elevators.

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    CINCO DE MAYO S.F. *Cinco de...

    by isolanthui Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    CINCO DE MAYO S.F. *Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated on May 5 by Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Its name is Spanish for Fifth of May.
    Parade and Festival featuring the best in Mexican & Central American artists and entertainment. Classic lowrider and bomb car show featuring over 80 cars. 3 Entertainment stages featuring Mexican, Tropical, and Hip-Hop.

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    Civic Center

    by zwack Written Aug 24, 2002

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    San Francisco's widest street, Van Ness Avenue, runs straight down the middle of Civic Center, a Beaux Arts architectural wonder where The City's symphony, opera and ballet dazzle audiences. One of the area's crown jewels, the War Memorial Opera House, is one of the world's greatest opera houses. This gem was designed by Arthur Brown, Jr., who also designed the newly renovated City Hall, and Coit Tower. The main library at Grove and McAllister Streets is one of the greatest public learning centers in the country and one of the most technologically advanced in the world. Over one million books, 400 electronic work stations, a children's discovery center, and special rooms on African American, Chinese, Filipino American, gay and lesbian works surround a light-filled atrium. One of The City's major convention venues, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, hosts numerous concerts and public events throughout the year.

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    Statues at City Hall

    by thebeatsurrender Written Apr 22, 2007

    We climbed up this statue of Lincoln at City Hall and sat in has lap and took pictures. People looked at us funny. In fact, Mr. Lincoln looks kind of dissapointed in us in this picture.

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    City Hall at Night

    by thebeatsurrender Written Apr 22, 2007

    City Hall is very pretty. Most tourists don't want to go at night because the area is kinda sketch, but I've never felt unsafe.

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    City Hall

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 25, 2005
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    San Francisco's City Hall looks more like a typical state capitol building than a city hall. It's a huge, elaborate structure.

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    City Hall

    by b1bob Written Sep 1, 2002

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    San Francisco City Hall

    Admire the ornate architecture of the San Francisco city hall. An outsider not knowing better may think this was a state capitol.

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    Market place. This place is...

    by Sajt Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Market place. This place is always full of life. You can get cheap food, fruit and many interesting thing.

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