Discover San Francisco History at 7 Iconic and Architecturally Significant Venues

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Discover San Francisco History at 7 Iconic and Architecturally Significant Venues

San Francisco, a city that celebrates its rich culture and inspires an innate spirit of innovation, is home to more than 50 visually and historically stunning venues. From striking modern day galleries to history-steeped auditoriums, this collection of venues offers meeting planners a century of architectural significance.

Haas-Lilienthal House (2007 Franklin St.)
Surviving both the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes, it’s the city's only intact Victorian era home (designed by prominent architect Peter R. Schmidt in 1886) still open to the public.

The Masonic (1111 California St.)
An icon of mid-century modernist architecture, the Masonic, includes renovations to the stage, sound system, and a new open floor, bringing general admission capacity to 3,300.

The Regency Center (1290 Sutter St.)
Crafted from white Caen stone, the center features gothic, neoclassic, and Beaux-Arts styles and three levels of gorgeous events and gathering space in the Van Ness Corridor.

Bimbo's 365 Club (1025 Columbus Ave.)
A San Francisco institution since 1931, Bimbo’s borders the North Beach and Russian Hill neighborhoods and is home to rock and jazz legends and a chorus line which included Rita Hayworth.

The Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange Building (465 California St.)
The ballroom sits in the heart of the Financial District and counts President Barack Obama, actor Robert Redford and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton among notable guests.  

San Francisco Art Institute (800 Chestnut St.)
Founded in 1871, SFAI historically embodied a spirit of experimentation, as evidenced by the slew of esteemed faculty and alumni, among them photographer and activist Ansel Adams.

SFJAZZ Center (201 Franklin St.)
Designed by award-winning architect Mark Cavagnero, the SFJAZZ Center – a gorgeous, modern landmark – is the first free-standing building in America built for jazz performance and education.