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Meeting Location:
Mechanics’ Institute, 4th Floor
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104




10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Contact info
(415) 393-0102




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  • Good for Groups
  • RSVP Required

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San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour with special emphasis on Willis Polk – August 1

Mechanics' Institute
Aug 01, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Take a tour of San Francisco’s most famous downtown buildings with knowledgeable and friendly city historian Rick Evans!

On the tour you’ll learn about famous architects that influenced the building of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake and the impact they had during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Special emphasis will be made on the work of Willis Polk who was one of the most influential architects and urban planners in the city.

Tour highlights include:
The world’s first “glass curtain” building
Hard-to-find rooftop gardens
The “narrowest” building in the City – only 20 feet wide and 80 feet deep!
Surprising information and stories that you’ll never learn from a guidebook

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