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This San Francisco tour includes:
  1. Hallidie Building
  2. Transamerica Pyramid
  3. One Bush Street
  4. JP Morgan Chase Building
  5. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  6. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
  7. Plaza Apartments
  8. San Francisco Federal Building
  9. San Francisco City Hall
  10. Curran House
  11. Xanadu Gallery
Check out all of the 25 Gems as featured in the San Francisco Chronicle here.



Inspiration: A semiofficial list of San Francisco's top 25 buildings, as determined by the San Francisco AIA in April 2007 (click here for the original SF Chronicle article by John King). Divided neatly into five choices in five categories (religious, residential, commercial, historic and civic) the conversation-starting list features beloved landmarks, controversial newcomers, and DB+P's own Curran House, affordable family housing in the Tenderloin.

Action: We crafted a bicycle tour featuring 11 of the 25 "Gems of the City", which David Baker has lead periodically in conjunction with the SFAIA. If an upcoming version of the guided tour is not slated in the near future, interested riders can easily download this PDF map  and experience this non-strenuous urban bike tour at their own pace and schedule.

The tour starts at the historical Hallidie Building by Willis Polk in the Financial District, takes you through SoMA and Civic Center, makes a stop at Curran House in the Tenderloin, then circles back around to the Xanadu Gallery by Frank Lloyd Wright on Maiden Lane.

Feel free to write to info@dbarchitect.com with questions or comments about the tour. Enjoy!


 

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Stop 1: Hallidie Building, 130 Sutter Street, 1917, Willis Polk.

Stop 2: Transamerica Pyramid, 600 Montgomery Street, 1972, William Pereira.

The tour takes a rest at Curran House's roof garden. Curran House is affordable family housing in the heart of the Tenderloin, where secure open space is rare.

Stop 3: One Bush Street, 1959, Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Hertzka & Knowles.

Stop 4: JP Morgan Chase Building, 560 Mission Street, 2002, Cesar Pelli.

A pause at the JP Morgan Building.

Stop 5: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, 1995, Mario Botta, Hellmuth and Obata + Kassabaum.

Stop 6: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Third and Mission streets, 1994, Fumihiko Maki; Theater, 1994, James Stewart Polshek; Metreon, 1999, SMWM and Gary Handel + Associates.

The tour stopping at the Yerba Buena Center.

Stop 7: Plaza Apartments, Sixth and Howard streets, 2006, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and Paulett Taggart Architects.

Stop 8: San Francisco Federal Building, 90 Seventh Street, 2007, Morphosis/Smith Group.

David Baker points out the new Federal Building's architectural highlights.

Stop 9: San Francisco City Hall, Civic Center, 1915, Bakewell + Brown.

Stop 10: Curran House, 145 Taylor Street, 2005, David Baker + Partners.

Historic City Hall hosted a Victory Garden in its plaza in summer 2008.

Stop 11: Xanadu Gallery, 140 Maiden Lane, 1948, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Stop 1: Hallidie Building, 130 Sutter Street, 1917, Willis Polk.

Stop 2: Transamerica Pyramid, 600 Montgomery Street, 1972, William Pereira.

Stop 3: One Bush Street, 1959, Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Hertzka & Knowles.

Stop 4: JP Morgan Chase Building, 560 Mission Street, 2002, Cesar Pelli.

Stop 5: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, 1995, Mario Botta, Hellmuth and Obata + Kassabaum.

Stop 6: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Third and Mission streets, 1994, Fumihiko Maki; Theater, 1994, James Stewart Polshek; Metreon, 1999, SMWM and Gary Handel + Associates.

Stop 7: Plaza Apartments, Sixth and Howard streets, 2006, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and Paulett Taggart Architects.

Stop 8: San Francisco Federal Building, 90 Seventh Street, 2007, Morphosis/Smith Group.

Stop 9: San Francisco City Hall, Civic Center, 1915, Bakewell + Brown.

Stop 10: Curran House, 145 Taylor Street, 2005, David Baker + Partners.

Stop 11: Xanadu Gallery, 140 Maiden Lane, 1948, Frank Lloyd Wright.

David Baker points out the new Federal Building's architectural highlights.

Historic City Hall hosted a Victory Garden in its plaza in summer 2008.

The tour takes a rest at Curran House's roof garden. Curran House is affordable family housing in the heart of the Tenderloin, where secure open space is rare.

A pause at the JP Morgan Building.

The tour stopping at the Yerba Buena Center.

The Transamerica Pyramid as seen from Merchant Street.