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San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco

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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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  • very impressive building and entering a unique spectacle, many couples posing in the imposing staircase, some brides with their dresses. worth the trip
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  • City Hall is a beautiful building, but the history in there is even better! Take the tour, it's free.  more »
  • This isn't a place to see absolutely (I went to my 5th visit to SF) but the place and beautiful, majestic. We go there freely.
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  • You can easily just wander into San Francisco's City Hall - a beautiful domed building with wonderful interiors. People might well be getting married just inside, or having various coming-of-age ceremonies. A truly civic amenity, and one that is very well kept!
  • When I heard city hall I honestly wasn't expecting much. However, this place is beautiful both inside and out. Not to mention huge! Being inside made me want to get married all over again! Absolutely stunning!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Very beautiful city hall with large park. You can see pigeons eating in the park in front of City Hall.