San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour
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Monday
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
About
This 2.5-hour urban adventure shows you some of the most distinctive buildings of San Francisco's Financial District. You'll learn how local history reveals itself in a collection of remarkable structures, public squares, open spaces, and historic landmarks.
San Francisco, California

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Deana
California3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was a great tour - Rick is very knowledgeable and a good communicator. We really enjoyed this tour! We are local, and learned lots of things we did not know. Loved the buildings we looked at! He brought in history as well as architecture, which was really nice. Deana
Written January 12, 2020
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477bradp
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Take the tour if you're in SFO. It's probably the best tour we've ever gone on and we've done a bunch of various kinds. Rick is hugely passionate about design history and architecture. He is immensely knowledgeable and informative in an enjoyable and fun way. My wife and I learned so much about SFO history, design, and architecture in the approximately 3 hrs. we spent with Rick that we never would have learned by ourselves or known of. He really opened our eyes to be observant of the buildings around us and all in a 5 block square. Who would have known there was so much history crammed into just a 5-block square. I won't spoil the enjoyment of all the interesting stops on the tour by discussing them other then to say Rick also includes the newest neighborhood called Rincon and that was a perfect finish to the tour.
Starting in the lobby of the Galleria was a perfect starting point. We loved learning about the POPOS which we had no idea existed and have told friends and relatives who've visited SFO over the years and none of them had ever heard of, or had any idea that POPOS existed.
Bottom line, a wonderful tour and a tour doesn't get any better than this!
Rick also does tours of other parts of the city and when we return to SFO again, we'll look at his other tours.
Written January 9, 2019
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NYCInMindSFAtHeart
San Francisco, CA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
This tour was fascinating for SF residents like me too --- you'll notice details that you bypass every day... and fall in love with the city all over again. You'lll learn about:

- the history of modern banking, and some very gorgeous old banking lobbies,
- the very beautiful old Shell headquarters, including small details on the Gothic / Art Deco building that look like gushing oil
- a private "Mechanic's Library" in the heart of FiDi, with a rare marble spiral staircase
- the little known public spaces nestled across downtown (including the redwood grove at the base of the Transamerica building
- the first glass curtain building in the world
- the site and plans for the new Transbay terminal and California bullet train.

I highly recommend this - it's two hours, and you only walk in a 4 block radius because there is so much to absorb.
Written April 8, 2013
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Kerry61_13
Albury, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Business
We have visited San Francisco several times before and were looking for something a little different to do this time. We found the tour very interesting and learned many things about the history of the city through its buildings. Had we stuck to the usual tourist attractions, we would have missed out on learning about where San Fran gets much of its character and charm. Highly recommend this tour and will look to do similar tours in future.
Written February 12, 2013
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BCMBDK
Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
Worth re-arranging your schedule for. My wife and I went on Rick Evans's tour, not knowing what to expect (though all the reviews I read online were positive and encouraging). It was excellent:
surprising, compelling, funny, educational, informative, and all within about five blocks or so. Rick spent a lot of time discussing and referring to the privately owned public open spaces of San Francisco, and we started the tour in the middle of one. Just loved his discussion of the Hallidie and Crown Zellerbach buildings and their impact. Fascinating stuff, even if you are not an architecture buff. Could not recommend it more highly. Not for children, though.
Written August 24, 2012
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32belly
San Diego, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
I'd lived in SF for 4 years, and visit as least once a year over the last decade. I'd never thought much of the financial district but was looking for a new perspective on the city...what better than an architecture tour, right? Rick makes this tour so much more than just an architecture tour. If you love San Francisco, you'll love this tour.
Thanks Rick!
Written May 23, 2011
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candidcanada
Pitt Meadows, British Columbia84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was voted as one of the best tours (2009), and after such a "build-up" I just had to test it out. Well, it was super informative, and you didn't have to be an architect to appreciate all the insights, trivial, and "secrets", which were shared. Rick Evans had clearly done his homework and included many before and after auxiliary photos, which were part of his research. He took us down and around many less travelled crooks and grannies in the Financial district. He covered the past, present, and future of the city's plans, construction, and styles. Rick's projection was good, and while he didn't dawdle (so he could cover as much as time allowed), he was clearly willing to answer questions. You might think such a tour as this could be rather dull, but both my wife and I were captured by the unique perspectives that we experienced on the tour. There was no pick-up, but the starting point was easily accessible near Union Square, and the cost was more than fair. Rather surprisingly, Rick didn't even "push" for any tips. Yes, there are no restroom stops, and Rick could have inserted a little more levity, but if your aim is to really get to know San Francisco, this tour will give you plenty to build on.
Written October 1, 2009
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artbcpa
artbcpa90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been to San Francisco dozens of times and have toured by car, bus, cable car, and foot, but I learned more about the history of San Francisco from Rick Evans and his walking tour in 2 hours than in all the others combined. First there were the surprise POPOS (Privately Owned Public Open Spaces). Then there was the first glass building, the Sam Spade Building, the Palace Hotel, the hand-painted ceiling that was hidden for 30 years by the remnants of cigarette smoke, Willis Polk, the architect who designed many of the buildings and much, much more. How about the 17 new buildings being built in SOMA and what will be the future of the city! This tour should be listed as one of the 10 Must Things to Do in San Francisco. Guess you can tell I liked it.
Written April 7, 2009
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GerriHayes
Honoluly24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I have spent 30 years visiting SF as a dealer for Herman Miller furniture. This tour was so fascinating,educational and fun. I now truly appreciate the incredible history and innovation that this city has produced and is continuing to produce. Walking around today after this tour my eyes were so attuned to the exquisite archon each corner.
Written January 16, 2020
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Feeling G
Paris, France5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Just took this walking tour. It was fantastic - informative, v interesting and Rick is completely plugged in, his info on the city's architectural changes and lore was up to the minute. Highly recommend!!
Written September 18, 2019
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