Architecture City Guide: San Francisco

This week we are featuring San Francisco for our Architecture City Guide series.  Thank you to all of our readers for adding their can’t miss buildings last week.  We hope to see your comments below this week too.

Follow the break for our San Francisco list and a corresponding map!

Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Architecture City Guide: San Francisco" 29 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • Salvador

    What about the Federal Building by Morphosis. It certainly deserves to be on this list.

  • Eric Thompson

    In addition to the (mostly) big names above, I’d recommend tracking down works by local architects Jim Jennings and Tanner Leddy Maytum Stacy.

  • R. Girardin

    If you go to the north, don’t forget the marin country city hall by Frank Lloyd Wright…

    And read the book “grid on the hill” by Florence Lipsky, because the most interresting architectural thing about Frisco is it’s unique urbanism.

  • citicritter

    In addition to the serious omission of the Federal Building by Morphosis mentioned above, a few other major missing works include:

    - 1 Bush St. (former Zellerbach HQ, a great mid-century glass tower) by SOM.
    - SF Art Institute and SF State Univ. Student Ctr. by Paffard Keating Clay.
    - The Hallidie Building on Sutter St. (AIA SF HQ, one of first curtain wall buildings in US).

    And, Yerba Buena Lofts and 124 Howard by Saitowitz are both arguably better Saitowits works than the Beth Shalom project listed above.

    Plus, if you’re going to include the Cathedral across the bay in Oakland, then the Berkeley Art Museum by Mario Ciampi and Oakland’s Museum of California (Dinkeloo & Roche, renovated by Mark Cavagnero) should be added.

    Also in Berkeley: Asian Library at UC by Williams & Tsien, and the nearby building by Scogin Elam.

    Lastly, there is a wealth of significant older architectural works left off this list by the likes of Maybeck, Polk, Julia Morgan, Neutra, Mendelsohn, Wurster, Henry Hill, and many others.

  • Arcitectural Photographer

    Nice site plan, but some chaos I think, thanks for sharing.

  • Nick Kahler