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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 amongst the seabirds and seals. Structures range from psychedelic mural-splas…
Top Choice Architecture in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Lyon St Steps

Two blocks, between Broadway and Green St, flanked by forests and glamorous mansions – including Senator Dianne Feinstein's. Jaw-dropping bay and Marina views. Popular with stair-runners and coffee klatches. Conne…
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 the wreck of a whaling ship abandoned in the Gold Rush. A half-acre redwood grove sprouted out front, on the site of Mark Twain's favo…
Notable Building in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Masonic Auditorium and Temple

Conspiracy theorists, rock aficionados and anyone exploring immigrant roots must know the Masonic Auditorium. Built as a temple to freemasonry in 1958 in mid-century modern style, and remodeled in 2014, the building…
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Winchester Mystery House

An odd structure purposefully commissioned to be so by the heir to the Winchester rifle fortune, the Winchester Mystery House is a ridiculous Victorian mansion with 160 rooms of various sizes and little utility, wit…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

San Francisco Murals at Rincon Annex Post Office

Only in San Francisco could a post office be so controversial. This art-deco landmark is lined with vibrant Works Project Administration murals of San Francisco history, begun by Russian-born painter Anton Refregier…
Notable Building in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Columbarium

Art nouveau stained-glass windows and a dome skylight illuminate more than 8000 niches honoring dearly departed San Franciscans and their beloved pets. San Francisco's Columbarium revived the ancient Roman custom of…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

San Francisco Main Library

A grand lightwell illuminates San Francisco's favorite subjects: graphic novels in the Teen Center, poetry in the Robert Frost Collection, civil rights in the Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, and comic relief in the…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Frank Lloyd Wright Building

Shrink the Guggenheim, plop it inside a yellow-brick box with a round Romanesque entryway and put it where you'd least expect it: on a shady San Francisco alley that was once a backstreet brothel. Groundbreaking Ame…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Federal Building

The groundbreaking green design of this government-office building by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize–winner Thom Mayne means major savings in energy – and taxpayer dollars. Open layouts eliminate internal politica…