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National Trust Guide-- San Francisco: America's Guide for Architecture and History Travelers (National Trust City Guides)by Peter B. Wiley
Synopses & Reviews
National Trust guides are the most in-depth guides available to the history and architecture of U.S. cities. From famous landmarks to back alleys, they take you on exciting journeys through America's cultural, historical, and architectural treasures.
The complete guide to the history and architecture of San Francisco Part history, part travel guide, this unique book introduces you to the colorful past and diverse traditions that have shaped the fascinating city of San Francisco. From the arrival of the Spanish in the late eighteenth century to the growth of today's vibrant metropolis, you'll discover the links between the rich history and architectural heritage of one of America's most beloved cities.
Follow the book's outstanding walking tours as you explore the remnants of the Gold Rush era city and the early neighborhoods of Telegraph Hill, Chinatown, and South of Market. You'll also enjoy the beautiful Beaux-Arts mansions of Pacific Heights, the striking Queen Anne residences of Haight-Ashbury, the converted warehouses of the Multi-Media Gulch, and much more.
* 20 detailed neighborhood walking tours and easy-to-follow maps
* Colorful stories behind the city's best known landmarks
* 200 vintage and contemporary photographs
Book News Annotation:
Not to be confused with a simple tour guide, this is a substantial tome devoted to the history of San Francisco and its architecture followed by a series of detailed walking tours of the city. The latter are organized by neighborhood, each including a lengthy text that discusses the area, its buildings and their history and accompanied by maps and photos. Wiley, a preservation architect, details San Francisco's destructive earthquakes, the city's uneven results in development and the need for preservation, embedded in a readable narrative of the city's often corrupt political history.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From Russian hill to cow Hollow, journalist and historian Peter Booth Wiley tours the colorful neighborhoods of one of the world's most popular cities in National Trust Guides/ San Francisco: America's Guide for Architecture and history- JOHN WILEY & SONS
* 200 vintage and contemporary photographs
The National Trust City Guides are created for travelers interested in architecture and history. In The National Trust Guide: San Francisco, journalist and historian Peter Booth Wiley provides a fascinating journey through the colorful neighborhoods of one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Visitors will gain a new appreciation for the city's character with this book in hand. Wiley not only describes the stories behind some of the city's best-known landmarks (Coit Tower, Ferry Building, Ghiradelli Square, etc.), but also discusses the larger events that have truly shaped the physical city (the gold rush, the earthquake of 1906, low-income housing experiments, etc.) Also included is a general section on the architectural styles of the region. The book is enriched by more than 200 illustrations, including numerous historic photos of buildings that no longer exist.
Table of Contents
SAN FRANCISCO: A HISTORY.
A Beautiful City in the Wrong Place.
Before the Gold Rush.
City of Gold, City of Silver.
The Pacific Rim Metropolis.
The City Moves South.
NEIGHBORHOOD WALKING TOURS.
San Francisco Architecture: A Style of Its Own.
Gold Rush City.
The Downtown/Financial District.
The Union Square Area.
The Civic Center.
South of Market.
Telegraph Hill, the Barbary Coast, and North Beach.
Russian Hill, Nob Hill, and Pacific Heights.
The Western Addition, the Mission, and the Haight-Ashbury.
Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park Historic District, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and Fort Mason.
Cow Hollow, the Marina, and the Presidio.
Golden Gate Park, the Cliff House and Sutro Heights, and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
The Western Suburbs, Stern Grove, and the Zoo: A Driving Tour.
Epilogue: The Limits of Preservation.
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