Look at San Francisco’s City Hall (1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl., www.sfgov.org, Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–8 p.m.) and you’ll think you’ve somehow been transported to Europe. The stately building with the gilded dome is the pride of the City, and houses much of its government. Enjoy walking through the park-like square in front of City Hall (though this area can get a bit sketchy after dark).
The inside has been extensively renovated after being damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. You’ll find a combination of historical grandeur and modern accessibility and convenience as you tour the Arthur Brown Jr.–designed edifice.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition