Art Deco Downtown

Neighborhood: Downtown

Description

Even though the Art Deco movement was a French creation, it found a dedicated American evangelist in San Francisco architect Timothy Pflueger. As one of the most prominent architects in the city during the 1920s, Pflueger had a profound impact on the shape and aesthetic of San Francisco’s early soaring skyline. His designs, along with those of other architects, reflected the times: his early skyscrapers invoke the jazzy buoyancy of the Roaring 19‘20s, and San Francisco’s thriving economy throughout the period.

We’ll take a comprehensive tour of all the Art Deco masterpieces in San Francisco’s downtown — starting with the stunning lobby of the restored former Pacific Telephone Building including its Chinese motifs, the art-infused former Stock Exchange and Tower, the Egyptian-inspired Shell Building, and, the neo-Mayan medical building at 450 Sutter Street.

Soak up San Francisco of the 1920’s through these elegant, timeless buildings.

 

Next Tours

  • Sunday, November 17 at 11:00 am given by Charlie Goldberg
  • Wednesday, November 20 at 2:00 pm given by Fred Silverman
  • Sunday, December 1 at 11:00 am given by Janet Gless
  • Wednesday, December 4 at 2:00 pm given by Paul Fisher
View Calendar

Schedule

1st & 3rd Wednsday at 2PM, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays at 11

Location

Meet in front of the Telephone Building at 140 New Montgomery, in between Mission and Howard. Public transportation: MUNI/BART Montgomery Station; all Market Street buses & streetcars

Click the map to view full version on Google Maps
View Transit Directions on Google Maps >>

Please note: Private groups tours required for groups of 8 or more.