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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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Super enjoyable and informative tour in Financial District

Rick gave a wonderful tour of various landmark buildings in the financial district, sharing their history. He made it very interesting, showing us little known corners and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Rick gave a wonderful tour of various landmark buildings in the financial district, sharing their history. He made it very interesting, showing us little known corners and aspects. You don't have to be an architecture student; he explains everything and shows you roof gardens, building lobbies, etc. that you could return to and appreciate in the future.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

It's a wonderful walking tour. We enjoyed it and we highly recommend it. Thet time flew by. We learned a lot.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I have taken many tours in many countries and Rick's is so worth your time and money I would go back to SF to take the other tours he offers. In fact, one of the tour participants had taken his China Town Back Alley tour and was back for this 1, with a relative in tow. I was speaking with... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This was a fantastic tour of an unknown part of SF. Rick is quite knowledgeable, answering any and all questions and has many interesting stories to make the 2 - 2.5 hours go very quickly. I work in this area of SF and he opened up my eyes to so much more making this a fascinating place to see and... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

My husband and I were recently in San Francisco, and while he attended a meeting, I was on my own to explore the city. I took a number of walking tours, but this one was definitely a highlight. Rick is a very knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining guide. I am certainly not an expert in architecture, but you didn't have to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I've taken many tours, and Rick Evans is the best guide I've ever had. He's eager to share, intelligent in his perspective, and attuned to his audience. The architecture tour went for more than two hours and we were never bored. I'm determined to take his other neighborhood tours, which include 'back alleys of Chinatown,' Nob Hill, and Waterfront.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Rick Evans crammed more information into the talk than I could ever imagine wanting to hear whilst on a holiday. He answered questions I would never have thought of asking. He captivated an audience of 15, walking through public streets for more than 90 minutes. Not at all strenuous physically. A great entertainment that makes me want to return to... More 

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Danville, California
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254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Impassioned Rick Evans, an architectural historian, presents a jam-packed 2 hours of captivating narrative about urban development evolution with great real life props aka buildings! His tour covers the rich historical spectrum of San Francisco from its Gold Rush Boom to the current futuristic Tech Cloud Boom. Afterwards your perspective will change with air being a hot commodity, terracotta being... More 

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San Francisco, California
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15 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

With his knowledge of architecture and San Francisco history, Rick Evans was a terrific guide to my own city. He shares a wealth of information in an informative and storytelling manner. The walk is only a few blocks, but is packed with information and sights in about a dozen buildings, taking you inside lobbies and public spaces you didn't even... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. This was an excellent tour and the highlight of my recent visit to San Francisco. In a short and pleasant walk Rick Evans, our very knowledgeable guide, covered the history of architecture in San Francisco, including the good, the bad, and the ugly, innovations unique to the city, and some exciting future directions, such as the new park... More 

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Staying in Financial District

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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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