Club Land - Architecture and Culture of San Francisco's Grand Old Clubs

Neighborhood: Nob Hill

Please Note:

Our free (donations welcome!), regularly scheduled tours are open to the public but NOT open to parties of 8 or more. If you plan to bring 8 or more walkers to a regular tour, please click here for more information on booking private group tours.

Description:

Some older tourist guide books from the mid 20th century refer to the area between Nob Hill, Union Square, and the Financial District as Club Land or Club Row. The heyday of these social clubs was from the late 19th century up to the Great Depression. There were clubs for men, women, and a huge range of social, ethnic, and interest groups. They all took pride in a handsome club house. After the Second World War, society and its clubs changed into a more mixed and uneven phenomenon. Some clubs disappeared, others adapted, and a small number remained just as powerful and exclusive as ever. This tour includes 11 buildings, starting on Nob Hill and ending at Union Square. On Saturdays, whenever possible, we will go inside one of the clubs, so please observe an informal but appropriate dress code.

Next Tour:

Friday, May 12 at 10:00 am given by James O'Donnell

Future tours:

This tour is also scheduled on those dates in the calendar below (after the map) where the tour time is indicated (in red). You can advance to future months by clicking the >> symbol in the calendar title.

Location:

Meet at the northwest corner of California and Mason (near Pacific-Union Club).

Click here for public transit or driving directions to the starting point

Schedule:

This tour is offered all year

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Guides:

Coordinator(s): Paul Fisher
Guide(s): Paul Fisher, James O'Donnell


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