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  • 1. Palace of Fine Arts

    Marina | Building/Architectural Site

    At first glance this stunning, rosy rococo palace seems to be from another world, and indeed, it's the sole survivor of the many tinted-plaster...Read More

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  • 2. Vallejo Steps

    Russian Hill | Building/Architectural Site

    Several Russian Hill buildings survived the 1906 earthquake and fire and remain standing. Patriotic firefighters saved what's become known as...Read More

  • 3. Broadway estates

    Pacific Heights | Building/Architectural Site

    Broadway uptown, unlike its garish North Beach stretch, has plenty of prestigious addresses. The three-story palace at 2222 Broadway, which...Read More

  • 4. Chinatown Gate

    Chinatown | Building/Architectural Site

    This is the official entrance to Chinatown. Stone lions flank the base of the pagoda-topped gate; the lions, dragons, and fish up top symbolize...Read More

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  • 5. Chinese Six Companies

    Chinatown | Building/Architectural Site

    Once the White House of Chinatown, this striking building has balconies and lion-supported columns. Begun as an umbrella group for the many...Read More

  • 6. Coit Tower

    North Beach | Building/Architectural Site

    Among San Francisco's most distinctive skyline sights, this 210-foot tower is often considered a tribute to firefighters because of the donor...Read More

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  • 7. Hallidie Building

    Union Sq. | Building/Architectural Site

    Named for cable-car inventor Andrew S. Hallidie, this 1918 structure is best viewed from across the street. Willis Polk's revolutionary glass...Read More

  • 8. Letterman Digital Arts Center

    Presidio | Building/Architectural Site

    Bay Area filmmaker George Lucas's 23-acre Letterman Digital Arts Center, a digital studio "campus," along the eastern edge of the land, is...Read More

  • 9. Levi Strauss Headquarters

    North Beach | Building/Architectural Site

    The carefully landscaped complex appears so collegiate that it's affectionately known as LSU—short for Levi Strauss University. Lawns complement...Read More

  • 10. Maiden Lane

    Union Sq. | Building/Architectural Site

    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...Read More

  • 11. Market Street buildings

    Financial District | Building/Architectural Site

    The street, which bisects the city at an angle, has consistently challenged San Francisco's architects. One of the most intriguing responses...Read More

  • 12. Old Chinese Telephone Exchange

    Chinatown | Building/Architectural Site

    After the 1906 earthquake, many Chinatown buildings were rebuilt in Western style with pagoda roof and fancy balconies slapped on. This building...Read More

  • 13. Pacific-Union Club

    Nob Hill | Building/Architectural Site

    The former home of silver baron James Flood cost a whopping $1.5 million in 1886, when even a stylish Victorian like the Haas-Lilienthal House...Read More

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  • 14. Red Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn and Peace Center

    Haight | Building/Architectural Site

    By even the most generous accounts, the Summer of Love quickly crashed and burned, and the Haight veered sharply away from the higher goals...Read More

  • 15. Sentinel Building

    North Beach | Building/Architectural Site

    A striking triangular shape and a gorgeous green patina make this 1907 flatiron building at the end of Columbus Avenue a visual knockout. In...Read More

  • 16. Transamerica Pyramid

    Financial District | Building/Architectural Site

    It's neither owned by Transamerica nor is it a pyramid, but this 853-foot-tall obelisk is the most photographed of the city's high-rises....Read More

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