Downtown Deco

Neighborhood: Downtown


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 1920s, 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 1920s through these elegant, timeless buildings.

Reservations are required due to venue limits.


Next Tours

  • Wednesday, September 29 at 2:00 pm given by Janet GlessJoin Waitlist
  • Sunday, October 3 at 11:00 am given by Rory O’ConnorSign Up
  • Sunday, October 10 at 11:00 am given by Charlie GoldbergSign Up
  • Sunday, October 17 at 11:00 am given by Therese PolettiSign Up
  • Wednesday, October 20 at 2:00 pm given by Fred SilvermanSign Up
  • Friday, October 22 at 10:00 am given by Paul FisherSign Up
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Downtown Deco tour lobbies require visitors to wear masks.

Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.


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.


Downtown Deco tour lobbies require visitors to wear masks.

Sign ups are required due to venue limits.

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