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San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

191 Sutter Street@Kearney, Lobby of the Galleria Park Hotel, San Francisco, CA (Downtown)
415 264-8824
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Ranked #27 of 307 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

I came to San Francisco for the first time and only stayed there for 2 days, but this tour definitely gives you a great insight to the city's history, architectural regulations and the future developments. It analyses the structures in terms of their structural integrity and their response to earthquakes. It is full of facts and is well worth to... More

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I recently joined a walking tour with Rick and it was a great experience -- fun and fact-filled. Learned a lot about the history of the city, which of course, is part of the history of the US. Rick knows his stuff and is a great guide to San Francisco's architectural and social history. Highly recommend that if you love... More

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a different type of tour you can do, to get to know those places that u will never find on your own. Totally worth it, and is a fun way to walk on the city...Cool facts and entertained walks. Can be a little long for some people but if u got the time in your visit to dedicate... More

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new york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This entails 150 minutes of standing. No bathroom breaks. You may be put off by his FAqs but they are accurate so read first. Forty bucks a head. The hotel where the tour meets is lovely and could be a great place to stay: galleria Park. Rick is professorial. We were two of eleven people on our tour. He showed... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Buildings are fascinating. Tourists flock to the architectural tours in Chicago and NYC but for SF, not so much. But think about it? San Francisco is the "oldest" big city in the West. Rick's architectural tour fills the niche and is well worth it for anyone interested in history, buildings and design. Rick is a wealth of information and he... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

On my second visit to SanFrancisco, myself and my 3 travel companions were able to have a private tour with Rick. The time was so facsinating and the level of knowledge that was shared was second-to-none. I felt like I got an insider's look into the Financial District of SF and would love to go back again a seek out... More

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Woodstock, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I was very impressed with Rick's tour. I didn't know anything about the great architecture in the Financial district. There is so much history there and hidden treasures. Rick told us about the popos (privately owned public open spaces) and took us to several of these. The recently renovated Hallidie Building is a jewel not to be missed. Rick left... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was one of the best way to get to know San Francisco in personal level. I enjoyed the history of San Francisco which so many of them I have NO clue about. The architectures are so beautiful and remind me of Paris. The guide tour is very knowledgeable and attention to details. I wish I have more time to... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This was well and truly one of the best walking tour experiences… ever. And, it is the shame of data and algorithms that THIS isn't the top of the "things to do in SF" list. Rick is extraordinarily affable, knowledgeable and, above all, passionate about his subject which is as much architecture, as it is urban planning, as it is... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Although it's called an "architecture" tour, it might be better described as an "urban planning" tour. Architecture is highlighted, but the tour really shines in its emphasis on the zoning, air rights, and other planning issues that explain the Financial District's urban context. Rick Evans is a fantastic guide and his tour is top-notch.

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