Frank Lloyd Wright Building

Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

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 SF alley that was once a backstreet brothel. Groundbreaking American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed this as the VC Morris Gift Store in 1948; this is his only San Francisco building. It's changed hands since and was up for sale in early 2017. If it's open, duck inside to see Wright's signature nautilus-shell atrium ramp.

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