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San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

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Address: 191 Sutter Street@Kearney, Lobby of the Galleria Park Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 264-8824
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An Intelligent and Entertaining Tour

I took this tour this week, having only once visited SF before, some 25 years ago. Rick is an excellent tour guide - he has put together a fascinating explanation of both San... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Riga, Latvia

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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I took this tour this week, having only once visited SF before, some 25 years ago. Rick is an excellent tour guide - he has put together a fascinating explanation of both San Francisco's development in architectural terms and its global contribution. This is so much more than the "this is where we first made fortune cookies" kind of tour.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

After a couple of initial hiccups we managed to join this tour and were not disappointed. Rick showed us some real hidden gems of the city and told us about the development of architecture in San Francisco. Rick conveyed his passion for architecture through words, images and with examples. He showed us the living story of architecture in his city... More 

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

(Trip was taken in September 2014 but am considerably delayed in posting a review). Booking the tour was very easy - given that I'd be travelling from England I wanted to ensure I was able to book this (much like the trip to alcatraz which I booked months in advance) and Rick made the process very easy, allowing me to... More 

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New York City, New York
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The tour is illuminating; the personal touch, the passion, the elegance of the exposition. Pay particular attention to how you come to a space, and Rick opens it up and fills it in with substance. It was an amazing quest to understand architecture in a scaffold that includes time (past and future), personal stories, and societal dynamics.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Well, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven ! ! ! If you appreciate beautiful architecture, classic lines., beautiful buildings....then San Francisco is for you. ! I have travelled the world extensively and no where else offers anything quite like SF does. The homes are just stunning, and the colours they are painted are beautiful , I felt like... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I have lived in San Francisco for many years but it was only when I took Rick's tour that I truly began to appreciate what extraordinary architecture I was surrounded by. Rick takes you to places you didn't know exist and gives you the history of buildings you walked by all the time without really noticing. But he's not just... More 

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Irvine, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I love waking tours and take them all over the world. I have been to SF many times and thought I knew a lot about the city. Rick's tour dispels that notion right away! I learned many interesting "secrets" I shared with my relatives who have lived in the Bay Area for years! They were amazed at the information and... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I have just come back from a 4 night vacation in San Fran (my first time) where my wife and I did all the usual touristy things (Alcatraz, etc.). It was only until we did this architectural tour on our third day in the city did we fully understand the architectural richness and diversity of the inner city. Rick is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Rick is extremely knowledgeable guy. He guided our group thru the history of SF and the architecture of the time. It was great to stop and soak in the beauty of the buildings and gain a higher understanding of this fantastic city. Highly recommend! Rick also gives other tours of the city which I'm definitely going to do.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We had a problem finding the meeting point on the day but Rick agreed to have us on the tour next day .It was the best tour we ever had.We walked around the financial district and enjoyed the the view and the stories about San Francisco remarkable buildings of different architectural styles- from art deco to modern contemporary. Would recommend... More 

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Address: 191 Sutter Street@Kearney, Lobby of the Galleria Park Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 264-8824
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Financial District
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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