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"Amazing Architecture" San Francisco City Hall Tip by Manyana

San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco: 29 reviews and 54 photos

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this is one of the fanciest and most luxurious city halls compared to the rest of the US, so was told by my tour guide.

this city hall is the only place in SF that has been restructured on suspensor so it's more durable and less vulnerable to earthquakes. after the famous earthquake and fire that hit SF 100 years ago, and the whole city is still not ready for earthquake, this place is the only shelter!

apart from this history, which i'm not good at, the place is a piece of art. it hosts more than 2000 couples a year, between having a luxurious wedding and a walk-in ceremony. amazing!

the dome of this building is the fifth biggest dome in the world after the Vatican Dome and St Paul's Cathedral in London - yes, they've got it here in san francisco:D

the building itself consists of four floors, the lobby, exhibition hall, the mayor's office and other areas that are not open to the public. there is also a free tour around the building, 3 times a day; at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. each tour lasts for an hour on average.

i was privileged to have special access to the Supervisors' room which is closed to the public; where they select mayors among themselves i think! since i was the only who showed up for the free tour, my guide was happy to show me such a beautiful room; wooden doors from china, carved ceiling by french and italian architects, and just a piece of art.

Address: located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Directions: from Civic Centre BART station, just walk to the City Hall
Phone: (415) 701-2311

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 19, 2007
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