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Maiden Lane, San Francisco

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Tourist Spots
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2/5 based on 15 reviews on the web
Maiden Lane is a pedestrian mall located in San Francisco, California, United States. A former section of the city's red light district, Maiden Lane is now home to high-end boutiques and art galleries. The street also serves as the location of San Francisco's only Frank Lloyd Wright designed building.HistoryPrior to the 1906 earthquake, the street was called Morton Street and was the center of San Francisco's red-light district. Historically, the street reported one murder a week. The earthquake, which leveled much of the city, rendered this two-block stretch rubble, and the brothels were destroyed. It was renamed Maiden Lane by an enterprising jeweler who wanted to conjure the Maiden Lanes of London and New York.In 1958, Jane Jacobs described the street:TodayToday, the street is a pedestrian mall lined with boutiques. The pedestrian mall stretches two blocks, between Kearny and Stockton Streets. The street is blocked from traffic from 11 am until 5 pm by wrought iron gates, reopening in the evening to traffic. The most notable building on the street is the V. C. Morris Gift Shop, which is a San Francisco Designated Landmark. The building is the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed space in the city.
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  • We visited this spot as part of a Hitchcock tour (yes, this area was filmed in one of his movies. It was also known as the "red light district" many years ago with more than 1200 prostitutes walking t...  read more »
  • This short street runs for two blocks from Stockton at Union Square to Grant and from Grant to Kearny. It features cafes and upscale shops, such as Chanel, Hermes and Prada. Maiden Lane closes to vehi...  read more »
  • Although Maiden Lane has a relatively interesting history (being the red light district once upon time) today this small pedestrian lane is rather dull. Yes there are some designers stores, Marni and ...  read more »
  • A nice little slice of streets in the center of San Francisco. Quasi European, it offers a good break from the hustle and bustle to sit around on the pedestrian only streets and take in the day.
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