Rome, another famous town built on hills, contemporary San Francisco
is built among and around the old city and cities that came before it.
Intertwined among modern apartment buildings, condos, offices and shops,
is a living museum of the City's glorious and tumultuous past. Reflected
in San Francisco's architectural heritage are the boom times, the daring
days of the grand and the austere through to the wrecked, the ruined
and the rebuilt. Walls talk in the fog city. These great 19th Century
and early 20th Century buildings tell secrets of the naughty, the bawdy
and the brave in whose footsteps we follow. Some are Historic
Landmarks, but many others are not. By appreciating these architectural
jewels, the San Francisan can revisit the past and ensure that these
great structures continue to share their stories.
Additional resources, including Mister
SF's Architecture Primer, can be found in Mister
SF's City Links.