Conventional wisdom holds that this iconic monument is shaped like a fire-hose nozzle. It is not, at least not by design. The tower is the gift of Lilly Hitchcock Coit, an eccentric heiress who managed to stand out in a city that teems with eccentricity. Lilly's particular passion was for the San Francisco Fire Department. The money she left in her will for the city's beautification was used to construct the Art Deco tower on Telegraph Hill in 1932. The view from here is one of the most impressive in San Francisco, offering unrestricted sights of the scenic Bay, the neighboring bridges, and the Marin Headlands. Inside, the first floor is ornamented with excellent murals, commissioned in 1933, that depict San Francisco's history. The tower's summit can be accessed by taking its elevator for a small fee.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is a brewery that welcomes one and all. At Speakeasy you can simply relax and enjoy different varieties of ales and lagers. Here, you can chill out with your friends indoors or simply head to the patio and indulge in people watching. This brewery is a far cry from the stereotypical breweries that take you through boring tours; it hosts variety of interesting events on a regular basis like live music concerts, free tours, new beer releases, beer sampling and much more. And, given the food trucks that open up here, guests have a wide choice as far as food is concerned. Good food, great entertainment and endless rounds of chilled beer is what Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is all about.
Twin Peaks is the second highest point in San Francisco, comprising of two hills at a height of 922 feet. The Twin Boulevard is the only road that divides the peaks and goes to the summit. This hill has a number of tele-communication towers for radio and television transmission. The Sutro Tower is the most prominent tower amongst these and it is owned by the San Francisco Fire Department. The tower provides water to the local people and fire stations. This tower can be seen across the bay.
The idea of this art gallery was born in a small apartment near the city limits of San Francisco. Today, the now renowned art space is housed in a gallery in Oakland. The gallery focuses on artists' new work that deviates from their normal body of work. The owners and curators of the gallery seek out the artists whose work they wish to exhibit. City Limits Gallery can be visited on Saturdays, during the First Friday Oakland Art Murmur, and by appointment.
People of all religious beliefs have been known to visit here because of its magnificent views and lovely architecture. This LDS temple is one of the most beautiful churches in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 82,417 square-foot, 170 foot-tall temple was built in the early 1960s and can be seen from many scenic points across the Bay Area. The temple features a visitor's center that offers exhibits and interactive presentations on religious topics. It also features a family history center that offers geneaology services and over 21 million microfilms available. The temple remains open to the public Tuesday through Saturday.
Located close to the Port of Oakland, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park is an ideal haven away from the city noise and pollution. The stretch of green land and the scenic backdrop make for eye-pleasing sight. It also has BBQ pits, shaded picnic areas, and amphitheater and play areas for kids, so its a perfect place to visit on a dull Sunday afternoon.
At one time this beautiful area in Hayes Valley was scarred by the lanes of the Central Highway. The highway has since been demolished and in its place is Patricia's Green. Renamed for the local community activist Patricia Walkup (it was previously known as Hayes Green), this urban oasis represents many of the ideas that she fought for. With a play area for kids and unique installations of local art put forth by the Hayes Valley Art Coalition, this park delivers a rest from the bustle of the city. Nearby cafes make this neighborhood commons area a fun retreat for the day.
LizLand is the artist Liz Mamorsky's labor of love. Built upon the foundations of Mamorsky's Victorian home after it was burnt to the ground in the year 2000, the studio and art gallery is home to Mamorsky's whimsical, contemporary artwork in a variety of media. Composed of Artbots born of reclaimed materials, unusual sculptures, drawings, miniatures and oil paintings, Mamorsky's vibrant and varied collection is the very definition of eclectic. Inspired by her penchant for the Organic Abstractionist style, LizLand itself seems to be a life-size recreation of her vividly colorful paintings. LizLand is open only during events and by appointment, so be sure to plan ahead and give Liz a call before stopping by.
941 Geary is an exhibition space established by Justin Giarla. The gallery focuses on bringing pop surrealism and urban art to San Francisco, and often shows artists who are not yet well known. Art on display has included works by Blek le Rat.
One end of the Clarion Alley is marked by the Mission Street and the other end is marked by the Valencia Street. This small alley is huge on creativity and vibrant colors give a lovely dimension to it. Not only are the walls adorned with murals but the street also has lovely paintings on it. The place is perfect for clicking loads of pictures and it is also a nice spot where you can stand and analyse the artists' state of mind while drawing these beautiful pictures. When in San Francisco, the Clarion Alley should not be missed.
A famous religious building, located at 999 Eddy Street in San Francisco, Saint Paulus Lutheran Church has major tourist as well as historical significance. Built towards the end of the 19th century, this church was almost completely destroyed in a fire that engulfed the entire structure in November, 1995. It was not rebuilt and instead converted into a community garden. The erstwhile church had a wooden facade that looked almost identical to the Chartres Cathedral in France.
Black Hammer Brewing is an eco-friendly brewery and bar that uses futuristic brewing techniques. It was started by Jim Furman, a chemical engineer by profession and a skilled brewer by passion. His partner K. Albert Jackey met with a lot of ridicule for American beer during his foreign trips, which inspired him to start this brewery as a suitable comeback. For its furniture, Black Hammer Brewing has used reclaimed redwood from the 19th Century and lumber sourced from sustainable Mexican forests. It also houses an art gallery to showcase the works of local artists. At the bar, sample brews such as Ekspört Kölsch, Jaded Raver, Squid Ink and Hammerschlagen Bock. The beers can often be paired with delicious items sold on food trucks at this venue. Parrots, dogs and children alike are welcomed, though only if they are accompanied by an adult.