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Pier 7, San Francisco

Categories: Piers & Boardwalks, Tourist Spots
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4.9/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
Pier 70 in San Francisco, California, is a historic pier in San Francisco's Potrero Point neighborhood, home to the Union Iron Works and later to Bethlehem Shipbuilding. It was one of the largest industrial sites in San Francisco during the two World Wars, and remains one of the best-preserved turn-of-the-century industrial sites west of the Mississippi.Physical plantThe pier is 65acre in size.HistoryThe area around Pier 70 has been used for shipbuilding since the Gold Rush. Since becoming home to the Union Iron Works in 1883, Pier 70 has been occupied by a variety of industrial concerns, including the Pacific Rolling Mills, Risdon Iron & Locomotive, Kneass Boat Works, Union Iron Works, Bethlehem Shipbuilding, and BAE Systems.After Bethlehem acquired Union Iron Works in 1905, the pier also housed Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's administrative offices in Building 101.Bethlehem Steel sold their holdings in the area to the Port of SF in 1980.Current state and developmentMost of the pier's buildings have been unoccupied since the decline of shipbuilding in the area. However, some of the pier's historic buildings are currently occupied by BAE Systems Ship Repair and by a number of artist studios. Two dry docks are operated by BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair, employing approximately 200 people.The Port of San Francisco currently plans to redevelop the pier for mixed commercial and residential use in partnership with Orton Development, Inc. and Forest City Development. The redevelopment is expected to include roughly a thousand housing units and two million square feet of office space. Plans include calls for a "Crane Cove Park" that will feature the historic cranes in the northern part of the pier complex.
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  • After passing through the boil of Pier 39, stop at Pier 7 relaxes you, I swear! In addition to having a beautiful view of the SF/Oakland Bay Bridge and a giant ancient vessel, the cityscape with the financial center is beautiful! I took my favorite SF photos there. We were lucky to go in a super sunny day and the landscape became even more beautiful. And that left me more impressed was standing there, next to the Embarcadero St., with a lot of movement of cars, streetcars, etc, it was still possible to hear the birds singing Had some senhoreszinhos fishing and with that the birds were all the time around practically landing for pictures. Out of the Pier 7 and make a stop for a snack at the Ferry Building is a great combination.
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  • Pier 7 is an absolute must if you love great food, great views, great service - it doesn't get any better than this. From the oysters to the steaks to the wine, it's all here and then some. The servic...  read more »
  • Pier 7 is THE place that provides a obstacle-free view towards the harbour front and the bridge. It is not as crowded as Ferry Building. I would recommend that instead of eating at Ferry Building, to-...  read more »
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