Alamo Square Park

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Alamo Square Park information

San Francisco , USA
Hayes & Scott Sts
Getting there
Bus: 5, 21, 22, 24
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The pastel Painted Ladies of famed Postcard Row on Alamo Square's east side pale in comparison with the colorful characters along the north side of the park. Here you'll spot true Barbary Coast baroque, with facades bedecked with fish-scale shingles and gingerbread trim dripping from peaked roofs.

On the park's northwest corner, the olive-green, gilded Stick Italianate Victorian capped by an ornamental watchtower was built by candy mogul William Westerfield in 1889 and survived subsequent tenancies by czarist Russian bootleggers, Fillmore jazz musicians and hippie communes. Filmed rituals held in the tower by Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey apparently involved hundreds of candles and coaxing a grumpy lion up four flights of stairs.