First Unitarian Church
Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption
You might assume from afar that this 1971 concrete cathedral is a ship’s prow or witch’s hat. This behemoth started out as a modest...
Sit in total darkness as Stan Shaff plays his compositions of sounds emitted by his sound chamber, which sometimes degenerate into 1970s...
AMC Van Ness 14
An enormous multiplex (14 screens) in a former Cadillac dealership, 1000 Van Ness mostly shows mainstream Hollywood releases, and has...
Open and unchanged since 1947 – with enough ephemera and animal heads on the walls to prove it – Tommy's is the classic for hof brau ...
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Low-down and rough around the edges aren’t usually meant as compliments, and they’re not usually applied to a church. But George Percy’s down-to-earth 1888 design for a cathedral in rough-hewn stone was considered appropriate by the progressive Universalists, whose current church committees include a pagan interest group and gay marriage advocacy. The 1970–74 annex built by Callister Payne & Rosse is a modernist eye-catcher that’s conceptually consistent with the older structure: a low, concrete-slab building that makes no secret of its construction. The design for the annex owes an obvious debt to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, as well as local Japanese influences appropriate to its location at the edge of Japantown.