Government Buildings in San Francisco

Government Buildings in San Francisco, CA

Government Buildings in San Francisco

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  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, UK6,829 contributions
    An imposing building in the city, but unfortunately surrounded by lots of homeless people. For the film buffs out there, this building was used in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
    Written 21 January 2024
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA8,310 contributions
    I'd read "Shanghai Girls" so wanted to visit the place so vividly depicted in the novel. Plus, I'd recently been to Ellis Island, where my family landed so long ago.

    The tour is sobering as it touches on the exclusion policies. Seeing depictions of barracks life and the foreign writing etched into the tired old wooden walls again made me realize how much people sacrificed for a better life.

    The setting on Angel Island is idyllic. Miles away from the chaos of the city, yet you can hear distant fog horns and train whistles.

    There is much to explore here, both historic and scenic. I'm very glad I spent the day here.
    Written 7 November 2019
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  • brentling
    NZ338 contributions
    It's closed to tours, but the outside is very cool, you can walk around it. There are some nice spots around to sit and enjoy, including sitting down with a coffee.
    Written 1 October 2017
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  • mini
    Fremont, CA1,84,558 contributions
    On my walk in San Francisco I took photos and visited the old Federal Reserve Bank Building. It is now the Bentey Building. In front of the building is also the bronze sculpture called:Hermes and Dyonus Monument.
    Written 21 January 2020
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,744 contributions
    Classic design for a federal office building, this time housing a very important court that affects all of the US. On a very busy street with traffic coming from South of Market and headed into the downtown and Nob Hill. You will probably drive quickly by and hardly notice it, but it is grand.
    Written 1 January 2024
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,744 contributions
    This stately building is an important part of the Civic Center area. The architecture is harmonious with City Hall and the old Opera House. The building itself includes a lovely theater that is used for many different functions, including concerts. It's surprisingly intimate.
    Written 24 October 2020
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  • Jerrytrip
    San Francisco, CA118 contributions
    Anyone who appreciates architecture will enjoy a tour of this building built in 1911 as the Custom House. Currently several other federal agencies inhabit the building. Visitors should appear at the security desk and ask if a tour is available. The tour lasts about 45 minutes. The day I arrived I was the only person & and a personal tour. Tours are given from 9:30 - 4:00 and subject to the availability of a guide.
    Written 16 October 2015
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,744 contributions
    This new government building had serious flaws from the day it opened. Folks were hopeful that it would help turn this poor neighborhood around, but that did not happen until lots of new luxury apartments were built. Not very distinguished architecture.
    Written 13 June 2023
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  • mini
    Fremont, CA1,84,558 contributions
    We went to talk to some people while we were at the Presidio area of San Francisco.
    The Presidio Trust is a federal agency created to save the Presidio and transform it for a new national purpose. ​
    Written 17 August 2020
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  • Scott
    San Francisco, CA5,297 contributions
    Don't waste your time even looking in the direction of this building. It's a sad building on a hill off of market Street. They could offer tours, but they don't.
    Written 26 October 2019
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,744 contributions
    People come here for the jail, or often for jury duty. It's a particularly ugly building and not one that you want to spend time at or in the area, which is drab.
    Written 26 June 2020
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  • mini
    Fremont, CA1,84,558 contributions
    I was on a hop on hop off tour of San Franisco. The tour guide, who was quite amusing to listen to, described the United States Federal Office Building as the ugliest building in San Francisco. It is in the civic center area.
    Written 7 February 2020
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