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In the heart of Union Square, the imposing Dewey Monument remains a major landmark of the west coast city. Nearly everyone visiting San Francisco stops by this arresting work of public art, which commemorates Admiral George Dewey, the Spanish-American War martyr. Built in the year 1903, it was inaugurated by the then president Theodore Roosevelt who dedicated the memorial to the triumph of George Dewey's army over the Spanish army at Manila Bay of Philippines during the late 19th-century war. The monument was built to the designs of Newton J. Tharp and sculpted by Robert I. Aitken.
Maiden Lane is an upscale pedestrian shopping enclave just off Union Square and around the corner from Hermès. The name is not without irony. Back in San Francisco's rowdier days, this was Morton Street and the transactions that took place here involved women who were anything but maidens. There are a few upscale cafes among the art galleries and extravagant stores, but also a few shops that stock affordable items. Also of interest is the only building in San Francisco designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at 140 Maiden Lane. Its striking brick exterior houses a spare but harmonious interior that echoes Wright's spiral design of the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
V. C. Morris Gift Shop was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who used this design primarily as a concept to create the circular grade at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The design of the store is unique in that all its structures have a circular or semi-circular design. The interior consists of a circular mezzanine which can be accessed through the grade, and the furnishings are all made of glass or wood. The beautiful arch entry of the store built on a brick wall is absolutely stunning to look at, and is a sure shot way to lure you into the V. C. Morris Gift Shop.
The first San Francisco cable car was tested 1873 and since then this form of transportation has been associated with the city. The Cable Car Turnaround is where the cable car turns around on their route as well as stop to pick up passengers. You can purchase tickets at the kiosk beside the stop. Even if you don't want to ride on one, this is the perfect location to pose for a picture besides a cable car.
Lotta's Fountain which lies at the intersection of Market street, Kearny and Geary street in Downtown, was dedicated in 1875 by Lotta Crabtree who was a Broadway entertainer. The drinking fountain is one of the oldest surviving landmarks in San Francisco. The fountain served as a meeting point during the horrific 1906 earthquake and fire.
Set against the backdrop of the Contemporary Jewish Museum and St. Patrick Church, Jessie Square is a great place to walk your dog, enjoy lunch by the tranquil pool, and indulge in a little people watching. The square is a part of the Yerba Buena Garden Complex and is often used as a venue for live music and dance performances. During the day you will often encounter folk simply lounging about and enjoying the architectural beauty of their surroundings, or taking a break from the bustling Mission Street.
The Luggage Store Gallery is an ideal event space by all ways. An all inclusive event venue, dance, film, spoken word, poetry, comedy, and literary events all fit into the event calendar for the artsy crowd that mixes twenty-somethings and older fans. The space itself is artistic with its sleek, modern decor. Several upcoming artists perform and exhibit their talent in this revered event space of the Bay area. Come on "Open Mic Night" to liberate your own inner artist! Admission varies with events. Check website for further details.
This Roman Catholic church, dated 1851, was founded to serve San Francisco's Irish community. That commitment is reflected in the church's gold, green and white decor. Note, for example, the green-tinted rose window over the choir. The columns on either side of the nave are Connemara green marble imported from Ireland itself. What makes this neo-Gothic church especially worth seeing are the Tiffany stained glass windows glowing brightly beneath the vaulted ceiling. There are also display cases with photographs of the extensive damage to St. Patrick's during the 1906 earthquake.