Fairmont San Francisco
Traverse the lobby toward the Pavilion Room, then out glass doors to a deliciously kitsch rooftop courtyard and edible garden. Hearst...
San Francisco's poshest park, Huntington's 1.3 acres mark the crest of Nob Hill. At the center rises the 'Fountain of the Tortoises,' a...
Masonic Auditorium and Temple
Conspiracy theorists, rock aficionados and anyone exploring immigrant roots must know the Masonic Auditorium. Built as a temple to...
Tonight's San Francisco weather: 100% chance of tropical rainstorms every 20 minutes, but only around the top-40 band playing on the...
To enter Venticello's two-story-high dining room, you descend via staircase – which may be why so many of the Nob Hill regulars dress up...
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Pacific-Union Club information
The only Nob Hill mansion to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire is this neoclassical brownstone, which despite its grandeur lacks architectural imagination. Today it's a private men's club. The exclusive roster lists newspaper magnates, both Hewlett and Packard of Hewlett-Packard, several US secretaries of defense and government contractors (insert conspiracy theory here).
Democrats, people of color and anyone under 45 are scarce on the published list, but little else is known about the 800-odd membership: members can be expelled for leaking information. Cheeky cross-dressing protesters have pointed out there's no specific ban on transgender or transvestite visitors supping in its main dining room or walking through the front door – privileges denied women.