"Ferry Building" Ferry Building Market Place Tip by Hopkid


An icon of San Francisco's skyline, the Ferry Building was constructed in 1898 and has steadfastly withstood two major earthquakes (1906 and 1989). It was designed by A. Page Brown and replaced an older wooden structure that had stood on the site since 1875. The clock tower was modeled after the Giralda which is a part of the cathedral in Sevilla, Spain. The Ferry Building was the single gateway for commuters from Marin and the East Bay at that time. The openings of the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge and more widespread use of cars reduced ferry use considerably by the 1950s and ferry service was discontinued. Service to Marin was restarted in the 1970s with service to East Bay back in the 1990s. An extensive renovation of the Ferry Building took place in 2003 and contains a grand marketplace in the lower level and offices on the second floor.

Address: One Ferry Building
Directions: On hte Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street
Phone: 415.693.0996
Website: http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

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