My pics from that beautiful city by the bay. Above and below is the Golden Gate Bridge. This is as close as we got this trip. Someday, I'd like to walk across it to Marin Point. I've been driven across it before.
Sutro Tower, a huge broadcast mast built in 1973 that looks like something out of War of the Worlds is the highest thing in the city. It is usually fog bound as you can see here.
The Palace of Fine Arts
I love this building and look forward to seeing it every time I come to San Francisco. Yes, I have a dome obsession, but this building is really exceptional. It was designed by the great Bay Area architect Bernard Maybeck for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition. Originally intended to be a temporary structure, it was such a huge hit with the San Francisco public that they decided to keep the building standing in its original place, the only structure to survive in place from the 1915 Exhibition.
Piranesi's prints of ruins in the city of Rome. He intended the structure to have a romantic evocative feeling to it. To that end, he separated the rotunda, the colonnade, and the exhibition hall into free-standing structures. He designed the rotunda and colonnade to be seen in a central reflecting pool surrounded by vegetation.
Forgive me folks, but this is another building from my dome obsession that I love, and that I always look forward to visiting in San Francisco. I've always envied San Fran's city hall that out classes many a state capitol. I've posted about this building before.
This event was the culmination of a very dark year for San Francisco, probably the darkest year since the 1906 earthquake. Earlier in November, The People's Temple cult led by Jim Jones, committed mass suicide in Guyana, the largest in US history. The cult was located in San Francisco for many years and many San Franciscans died in the mass murder-suicide.
The assassinations of Milk and Moscone set off a series of fights between the city's gay community and the San Francisco Police Department culminating in the "White Night" riots after assassin Dan White was convicted of a lesser charge of manslaughter.
We hope those days are long behind us, and that better days are ahead. Here is a newlywed couple posing for pictures in front of a bronze Diane Feinstein. City Hall is a very popular venue for weddings, and soon with the recent demise of Proposition 8, same sex weddings will return to City Hall and make this magnificent building what it was meant to be; a monument to the city's durability despite catastrophe, and to faith in the ability of people through their elected representatives to make things right.
That's what Arthur Brown intended with this building. He wanted it to be testimony to San Francisco's rebirth after the 1906 earthquake, and to sound honest government. He made this building to be a deliberate break with its predecessor in its clarity of design and organization.
The 1906 Earthquake exposed the scandal of the old city hall's construction. Citizens became infuriated upon the discovery that what they thought was marble and limestone turned out to be plaster and stucco stuffed with old newspapers and trash. The earthquake collapsed the building's shoddy construction.
The Mission District
more famous vista in Alamo Park.