City and County of San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco

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4.4/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
San Francisco City Hall is the seat of government for the City and County of San Francisco, California. Re-opened in 1915 in its open space area in the city's Civic Center, it is a Beaux-Arts monument to the City Beautiful movement that epitomized the high-minded American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1917. The structure's dome is taller than that of the United States Capitol by 42 feet. The present building replaced an earlier City Hall that was destroyed during the 1906 earthquake, which was two blocks from the present one. It was bounded by Larkin Street, McAllister Street, and City Hall Avenue (a street, now built over, which ran from the corner of Grove and Larkin to the corner of McAllister and Leavenworth), largely where the current Public Library and U.N. Plaza stand today.The principal architect was Arthur Brown, Jr., of Bakewell & Brown, whose attention to the finishing details extended to the doorknobs and the typeface to be used in signage. Brown's blueprints of the building are preserved at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Brown also designed the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, Veterans Building, Temple Emanuel, Coit Tower and the Federal office building at 50 United Nations Plaza.
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  • Dropped by this building just to see the rotunda. Cool to walk around seeing weddings taking place (avg 38 per day) and brides being photographed. OK to wander on your own, but if have time take free ...  read more »
  • This is where most people take care of passport applications, pay their real property taxes, get birth certs, I used the law library here and got married on top of the stairs. When one is doing mundan...  read more »
  • truly beautiful with a great view from various points in the city. The immediate environment contains many beautiful buildings. Worth going inside to see the dome and central staircase although more d...  read more »
  • Fascinating tour with Rob. He was very knowledgeable about the history of city hall and clearly a proud San Francisco local. Highly recommend. Also fun to see the shenanigans of all the weddings and wedding photographers
  • Please stop violating rights of children-the Tenderloin is so neglected and many many children in San Francisco call this neighborhood home. I was in the process of running for City Council Tenderloin District. I don't see why we need so much inequality in a liberal wealthy city. Children in the Tenderloin are subjected to a playground situated across the street from a strip club with signage advertising Naked Women and exposing questionable images which appears to be abusive/indecent invading personal rights. I was advised in the City Hall elections office that I wouldn't be elligible to represent the Tenderloin because I am a resident of a different district -where my family house is. I should have spoken up and circulated a petition to circumvent that restriction. I'm also aware of persons running for city council of districts asking for campaign money where there are few problems and residents are fairly affluent. I question the disparity when it comes down to the well being of kids being neglected ignored and left to languish. I don't think any child really belongs to a social class. The overall sense of immutable social class is abhorrent to me because every child has the potential to achieve amazing things
  • Just one of the most beautiful landmark buildings in San Francisco. I love the outside park area. The colorful lights that adorn the building and change colors for different events is also special. The interior is on a whole other level. You can even get married here for a small fee!
  • My friend married his wife here and it was decorated for christmas. It was beautiful. The architecture is beautiful in and of itself but the christmas decorations added even more to the aesthetics. I never made it a point to visit a lot of tourist spots but I can see how a person would like to get married in that space.
  • A majestic grand hall fit to get married in. So we did! A wonderful experience and had a great friendly atmosphere with staff and other visitors happy to be there.
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