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Address: Off Of Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number: 415-826-1401
Description: There are more than one million books in the Civic Center, along with 400...
There are more than one million books in the Civic Center, along with 400 electronic work stations and a children's discovery center.
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A Lovely Historical place.

A beautiful historical place, now used for many day to day activities.It was nice visiting this great place. Well worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is a great spot to simply sit down, enjoy the sun and free wifi, contrary to what I heard I did not find multitudes of homeless people harassing me or wandering about but frankly, what city does not have such people? At any rate, this is a nice spot with plenty of surrounding shops and amenities and offers a... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A beautiful historical place, now used for many day to day activities.It was nice visiting this great place. Well worth a visit.

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Beautiful area but filled with bums. Saw a disputes between what looked like gangsters judging by the colored coordinated clothing. Saw even more bums on the way back up.

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Crestline, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Off Market Street,I think Near Hyde or Larkin. There are huge art pieces in the street. When I was there, they had a side street closed down, for a movie-production. The Gold Domed City Hall is very attractive. Word Of Caution: This area is a flank of 'the tenderloin' which rivals LA's 'skid row'. and in the plaza there are... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This building is amazing. One of the best in the entire city. It has a cool history after the earthquake. Stop by and find out.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Didn't go to the civic Center because as soon as we got off the Bart, a junkie shot up at a bus stop in the middle of the day, while others pissed in alleys and laughed. The whole area stank of weed. I don't usually mind homeless, but this was horrific.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We enjoy going to the Civic Center area of San Francisco. There is a lot to see here. Some of our personal highlights are: 1) City Hall -In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful city halls in California and is the site of San Francisco city government. It is nice to see the exterior day or night.... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 303 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

A fabulous building, which must have looked even better back in the day before it was surrounded by so much. Well worth a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We're so lucky we're on this group tours and to visit the Civic Center is in the itinerary. It's very very impressive inside...elaborately adorned. The spectacular main hall staircase is just magnificent. This is truly a national landmark, very beautiful. You need a really good HD camera to capture this great 19th century architecture. That's maybe the reason why ,travel... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Normally going to a city hall would not be part of the vacation itinerary but the neoclassical city hall building at the San Francisco Civic Center is beautiful outside and inside. The rotunda is impressively majestic as though you were in major country's capitol building. Well worth a visit although you'll have to make your away around a large contingent... More 

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Address: Address: Off Of Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number: 415-826-1401
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Civic Center

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Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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