Attractions

Top Choice Notable Building in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Women's Building

The nation's first women-owned-and-operated community center has quietly done good work with 170 women's organizations since 1979, but the 1994 addition of the Maestrapeace mural showed the Women's Building for the …
Top Choice Architecture in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Gamble House

This mansion in northwest central Pasadena has been called one of the 10 most architecturally significant homes in America, a 1908 masterpiece of California arts-and-crafts architecture built by Charles and Henry Gr…
Top Choice Notable Building in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Walt Disney Concert Hall

A molten blend of steel, music and psychedelic architecture, this iconic concert venue is the home base of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, but has also hosted contemporary bands such as Phoenix and classic jazz men su…
Top Choice Architecture in Sausalito

Sausalito Houseboats

Bohemia still thrives along the shoreline of Richardson Bay, where free spirits inhabit hundreds of quirky homes that bobble in the waves among the seabirds and seals. Structures range from psychedelic mural-splashe…
Top Choice Architecture in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Lyon Street Steps

Two blocks of Lyon St, between Broadway and Green St, are flanked by forests and glamorous mansions – including Senator Dianne Feinstein's – and offer jaw-dropping bay and Marina views. Popular with stair runners an…
Notable Building in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Masonic Auditorium & Temple

Conspiracy theorists and rock aficionados fetishize the Masonic – a major concert venue and the Masons' main temple for all California and formerly Hawaii, too. Freemasonry venerates architecture, and this 1958 stru…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Transamerica Pyramid & Redwood Park

The defining feature of San Francisco's skyline is this 1972 pyramid, built atop a whaling ship abandoned in the gold rush. A half-acre redwood grove sprouted out front, on the site of Mark Twain's favorite saloon a…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company Building

Recently renovated and gilt to the hilt indoors, this 1925 building made architect Timothy Pflueger’s reputation with its black-marble deco lobby and soaring, streamlined shape. Winston Churchill made his first tran…
Notable Building in San Diego

Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Going south from Plaza de Panama, you can’t miss the circle of seating and the curved colonnade in front of the band shell housing the organ said to be the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. Donated by the Spreckel…
Architecture in West Hollywood & Mid-City

Schindler House

The former home and studio of Vienna-born architect Rudolph Schindler (1887–1953) offers a fine primer on the modernist elements that so greatly influenced mid-century California architecture. The open floor plan, f…