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  Francis Scott Key Memorial--SF
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      Francis Scott Key Memorial--SF
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In 1885, wealthy San Francisco benefactor James Lick, commissioned artisit William Story to create the enormous 51 foot tall travertine and bronze monument that now sits on the east end of the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. Interestingly, although there are several bridges, boats, and other civic projects named in honor of the national anthem songwriter, this monument is the most significant monument of its kind in the USA. The monument includes a bronze figure of a seated Francis Scott Key, and above him, over an arch, a figure of America with an unfolded flag. The words to the Star Spangled Banner are chiseled into the base. The monument was recently renovated by the city due to risk of further environmental degradation. This monument is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it also listed as San Francisco Landmark #96.

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Scott_Key

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  • Updated Apr 18, 2009
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