Share |

City Hall/Civic Center

Pros: An opportunity to visit an exquisite example of Beaux Arts architecture
Cons: Not the safest neighborhood
Best For: Going on a docent-led tour of a national historic landmark

In 1899, after 27 years of planning and construction, a city hall worthy of the booming metropolis of San Francisco, was completed.
San Francisco City Hall
In 1906, after the great earthquake and fire, only the dome remained intact. Rebuilt and designed by architects Bakewell & Brown, the current magnificent structure reopened in 1915. Its 307- foot dome, is the largest in the U.S. (bigger than the Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C.).

What is City Hall made of? About 7500 tons of steel from Pennsylvania. The rotunda floor is composed of pink Tennessee marble and the walls are blocks of limestone from Colorado. San Francisco City Hall Why is the dome so shiny? Because the sun enhances the brilliance of the 23.5 karat gold leaf paint.

Notorious events at City Hall: Joe DiMaggio and Marliyn Monroe were married here. Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated in the building in 1978. Films such as Dirty Harry, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Milk contain scenes that were shot at City Hall. And when the President of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died of pneumonia at the Palace Hotel on August 2, 1923, his body lay in state in the Rotunda.

City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, 94102
Open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm
Docent Tours Mon-Fri, 10am, 12 noon, 2pm
San Francisco City Hall