San Francisco is a historical city full of amazing people, stories, landmarks and even buildings. Boasting with unique styles in regards to everything listed above, the architecture and building designs are no exception.
Due to the city’s long history, the buildings and structures making up the city all vary in style and designs. With some buildings from 1886 and others from present day, San Francisco is full of beautiful architecture spanning the last 100+ years.
Read on to discover the five best buildings in San Francisco that should be on everyone’s to-do list when visiting the city.
Standing atop Telegraph Hill in Pioneer Park, Coit Tower is one of the most iconic buildings in all of San Francisco. Built in 1933, in honor of the late Lillie Hitchcock Coit, the tower has stood above the city offering panoramic views ever since.
From Coit Tower, you can see most of the amazing things that San Francisco has to offer, such as Lombard Street, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Twin Peaks, Aquatic Park, Pier 39, the Financial District, the Ferry Building, as well as San Francisco Bay itself including Angel Island, Alcatraz, Treasure Island, and the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.
The Painted Ladies are Victorian and Edwardian style houses that were mass-produced in San Francisco in the late 19th century. After many of these houses were destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and then painted a dull Navy-grey with excess war paint, it wasn’t until 1963 did these houses really gain their style and their name.
Many of these houses became painted in vibrant and bright colors, the famous of which are located across from Alamo Square park. This best-known group is sometimes referred to as “Postcard Row,” and has appeared in nearly 70 movies, television programs, such as the series Full House, and ads.
Boasting a structural height of 853 ft, the Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. While the building no longer serves as the Transamerica Corporation headquarters, it is still associated with the company and is depicted in its logo.
At first resented and despised, the towering skyscraper is now iconic with the city of San Francisco and respected by its citizens.
Constructed in 1886, the Haas-Lilienthal House is the city’s only intact Victorian era home. After surviving the 1906 earthquake with only slight damage, the Haas family was forced to evacuate due to the devastating fire that destroyed nearly half of the entire city, until 1928.
Three generations of Haas and Lilienthal descendants lived in the house before donating it to Heritage in 1972. The house now serves as a museum, complete with authentic artifacts and furniture.
San Francisco City Hall
San Francisco City Hall is one of the city’s most significant buildings and is labeled a “Designated Landmark.” With a dome taller than the United States Capitol’s by 42 feet, the building’s space is more than 500,000 square feet and occupies two full city blocks.
Created by the same architect as Coit Tower, San Francisco City Hall is a breathtaking structure that should be on everyone’s to-go map within the city.
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