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Celebrating Historic San Francisco Architecture with AIA SF

Experience the top historic buildings in San Francisco, in an audio-guided walking tour created by American Institute of Architects San Francisco, and hosted on Geotourist, the multimedia travel app. Highlights of the tour include the following historic sites:

The Hallidie Building 

Home to AIA San Francisco, this building was designed by Willis Polk and completed c1917. Named to the National Register of Historic Places, the building is named for San Francisco cable car pioneer Andrew Smith Hallidie.




140 Maiden Lane

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright geo AIASF maiden6140 Maiden Lane features a spiral ramp, rumored to have been the prototype for the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.



The Palace Hotel

geo AIASF palace courtyardA classic landmark, The Palace Hotel was originally built in 1875. The hotel has endured the Great Earthquake and fires as well as restoration and revival. Stained glass ambiance and botanical dome grace Victorian elegance of the Garden Court reserved as iconic status for social events.



The War Memorial Opera House

geo aiasf war memorial operaThe War Memorial Opera House and  Veteran’s Building, is a study in Beaux Arts elegance, designed by architectural icons, Arthur Brown, Jr and G. Alfred Lansburgh in 1932.

The American premiere of the Holiday classic “The Nutcracker” made its debut at the War Memorial Opera House in Christmas Eve 1944.

Palace of Fine Arts
geo aiasf deyoungA Bernard Maybeck design, the Palace of Fine Arts was inspired by neoclassic Roman and Greek architecture. Originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, the facility has a storied history, saved from demolition and rebuilt in 1965, along with renovation of the the lagoon.

Palace of the Legion of Honor

geo aiasf legion of honor aiaAn elegant French neoclassical museum located in Lincoln Park, the Palace Palace of the Legion of Honor is a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris.

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