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June 8, 2015
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Three Things You Need to Know About the City Hall Centennial Celebration

Nothing signifies the re-emergence of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake like the events of 1915. The Panama-Pacific International Exposition, which opened to great fanfare and captured the hearts of many, was deemed a huge success. By the end of the year, a grand palace, known as the "People's Palace," opened. This structure, our City Hall, has stood the test of time and what has come out of it defines our 49 square miles. This year marks its 100th birthday. Here's what you need to know about the centennial celebration.

City Hall Has Some History
On April 18, 1906 it took 28 seconds to destroy a building that took 27 years to build. Instead of rebuilding the damaged building, the city decided to start anew and build a structure so grand that it would mark the rebirth of city from unspeakable devastation. Since its opening, City Hall has seen everything from the repeal of Prohibition and the end of World War II to the marriage of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe.

Future Projects for Next 100 Years
To usher in the next 100 years, the city is undertaking several projects that will catch the eye of visitors to Civic Center Plaza. Frequently, the lighting of the building evolves to a colorful display of light to celebrate various civic functions from World Series championships with the San Francisco Giants and the annual Pride celebration to name a few. As City Hall moves into its second century, the time to rethink the lighting of the building has come. Efficiency, increased life expectancy and the flexibility of adding color at the touch of a control panel are the hallmarks of LED technology, which will replace all the incandescent lights over the next year. Aiming to provide an additional "wow" factor, the Centennial Planning Committee is working with Obscura Digital to install a lighting design system that would coordinate with the LED lighting. Hardware will be installed in various locations on City Hall and in the Civic Center area to project lighting designs onto the façade of City Hall.

Come join in on the celebration of the "People's Palace" on Friday, June 19th from 6- 11 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza.  The event will have live entertainment, featuring local musical talent performing hits from different eras throughout the past century, many gourmet food trucks and punctuated by a not-to-miss, after dark, multi-media projection experience on the exterior of City Hall.

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