A Guide to San Francisco Architecture

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If you know what to look for, you can see the story of San Francisco in its homes. In the earliest styles, you can see the growth of the city from a scrubby frontier settlement into a cosmopolitan city. Every era had its own look. Turn of the century aesthetics show SF’s struggle with the advancements and losses of Industrialization. During the last century, change happened crazy fast. And modernist design reflects technological and social upheavals that transformed the city’s cultural and actual landscape.
If you know what to look for, you can see the story of San Francisco in its homes. In the earliest styles, you can see the growth of the city from a scrubby frontier settlement into a cosmopolitan city. Every era had its own look. Turn of the century aesthetics show SF’s struggle with the advancements and losses of Industrialization. During the last century, change happened crazy fast. And modernist design reflects technological and social upheavals that transformed the city’s cultural and actual landscape.
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San Francisco Travel Launches “SFMeetCulture”

San Francisco Travel has launched a new initiative called SFMeetCulture, designed to connect meeting planners more easily with San Francisco’s most historically significant art and culture venues.

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The Beaux-Arts Architecture of the Asian Art Museum

The Beaux-Arts Ceiling in the Asian Art Museum's Samsung Hall

Located conveniently in San Francisco's Civic Center and surrounded by some of the city's most remarkable architecture, the Asian Art Museum is a living monument to the city’s history. Built in 1917, its stately beaux-arts building was originally the Main Library, re-imagined as a modern museum while retaining its original character.

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