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 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…
Architecture in North Beach & Chinatown

Filbert Street Steps

Halfway through the steep climb up the Filbert Street Steps to Coit Tower, you might wonder if it’s all worth the trouble. Take a breather and notice what you're passing: hidden cottages along Napier Lane's wooden b…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

450 Sutter St

A 26-story deco dental building fit for the gods, this 1929 Mayan-revival stone skyscraper has a lobby covered floor to ceiling with cast-bronze snakes representing healing, grimacing figures apparently in need of d…
Architecture in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Vallejo Street Steps

This glorious high staircase connects North Beach with Russian Hill – ideal for working off a pasta dinner. Ascend Vallejo toward Mason St; stairs rise toward Jones St, passing Ina Coolbrith Park. Sit at the top for…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

I Magnin Building

When Timothy Pflueger’s radical design was revealed on Union Sq in 1948, SF society was shocked: San Francisco’s flagship clothing store appeared completely naked. Stripped of deco adornment, Pflueger’s avant-garde …
Notable Building in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Grateful Dead House

Like surviving members of the Grateful Dead, this purple Victorian sports a touch of gray – but, during the Summer of Love, this was where Jerry Garcia and bandmates blew minds, amps and brain cells. After their 196…