Masonic Auditorium and Temple
Conspiracy theorists, rock aficionados and anyone exploring immigrant roots must know the Masonic Auditorium. Built as a temple to...
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...
The only Nob Hill mansion to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire is this neoclassical brownstone, which despite its grandeur lacks...
The Big 4
A classic address for swank cocktails, the Big 4 is named for the railroad barons who once dominated Nob Hill society, and its decor...
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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Grace Cathedral information
The city's Episcopal cathedral has been rebuilt three times since the Gold Rush; the current French-inspired, reinforced concrete cathedral took 40 years to complete. The spectacular stained-glass windows include a series dedicated to human endeavor, including Albert Einstein uplifted in swirling nuclear particles. Check website for events on the indoor and outdoor labyrinths, including candlelight meditation services and yoga, plus inclusive weekly spiritual events, such as Thursday Evensong.
Grace's commitment to pressing social issues is embodied in its AIDS Memorial Chapel, with a bronze altarpiece by artist-activist Keith Haring, his signature figures angels taking flight – especially powerful since this was his last work before his 1990 death from AIDS. Day and night, spot yogis walking the outdoor, inlaid stone labyrinth, meant to guide restless souls through three spiritual stages: releasing, receiving and returning.