Splendid Structures: Mister SF's Architecture Primer

Mister SF wants to help readers get more out of their passion for San Francisco's beautiful architecture. Don't be intimidated because you have no idea who built this house or when. The secret to decoding the music of San Francisco's architecture is simply to learn a few of the notes. Focus on the part or parts that catch your fancy. Darlene, a San Franciscan who emails from her Pine Street studio, says her fascination for sunbursts is obsessive! Use Mister SF's Architecture Primer to get started. As you walk or drive to work, or stroll on a visit to the City, notice how your favorite architectural element interacts with others. Mister SF guarantees that in two weeks, your enjoyment of your favorite buildings in the world's favorite City will increase many-fold. Enjoy!

1. Balcony
2. Bracket
3. Bracket Extension
4. Bracketed Portico
5. Button/Rosette
6. Capital
7. Column
8. Column (Fluted)
9. Columned Portico
10. Corner Bracket
11. Cornice
12. Decorative Shingles
13. Dentils
14. Dome
15. Finial
16. Flat Front
17. Floral Decorative
18. Frieze
19. Gable
20. Keystone
21. Newel Post

22. Pagoda
23. Panel Molding

24. Parapet

25. Pilaster

26. Queen Anne Style

27. Quoins

28. Rinceax/Garland

29. San Francisco Stick

Sawn Portico Ballustrade
31. Slanted Bay Window

32. Spindle Work

33. Stained Glass

34. Sunburst

35. Tower

36. Turned Portico Ballustrade

37. Vergeboard

38. Victorian/Edwardian

39. Window Hood, Flat

40. Window Hood, Segmented

41. Witch's Cap

42. Wreath


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