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Maiden Lane

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Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Known as Morton Street in the raffish Barbary Coast era, this former red-light district reported at least one murder a week during the late 19th century. Things cooled down after the 1906 fire destroyed the brothels, and these days Maiden Lane is a chic, boutique-lined pedestrian mall (favored by brides-to-be) stretching two blocks, between Stockton and Kearny Streets. Wrought-iron gates close the street to traffic most days between 11 and 5, when the lane becomes a patchwork of umbrella-shaded tables. At 140 Maiden Lane is the only Frank Lloyd Wright building in San Francisco, fronted by a large brick archway. The graceful, curving ramp and skylights of the interior are said to have been his model for the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

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Between Stockton and Kearny Sts., San Francisco, California, 94108, USA

Published 07/06/2016


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