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“Palace of Fine Arts”

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
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Owner description: Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a beauty to behold.
Reviewed December 31, 2012

It is one of 23 stops on the Hop-ON, Hop-Off bus tour in San Francisco. Completed in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, it is the only remaining structure that exists at it's original site. Renovations of the buildings and grounds continued to as late as 2009. Architects Merchant and Maybeck created the masterpiece to reflect ancient Greek and Roman buildings.
The pergola around a central rotunda is one on the highlights and draws wedding parties for pictures. The lagoon and Australian eucalyptus trees on the eastern end of the lagoon add to the design landscaping, as do the cherry blossoms in the Spring. I liked the sculptured allegorical figures which represent, Contemplation, Wonderment and Meditation which are perfect describtors of the mood the Palace of Fine Arts evokes. Another highlight is the 966 seat Palace of Fine Arts Theater which has continuous ongoing performances. Lastly, if you enjoy movies as I do, you will like to see the Palace because many movies contain segments shot at this spot. Vertigo, The Rock and Twisted are but a few. Tv shows like Monk and The Streets of San Franscisco also have scenes shot here. Sim City 2000 also includes the Palace of Fine Arts. What I did not like is the Canadian Goose droopings all over the lawn although once I noticed it I walked more carefully.

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

I always enjoy visiting the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco as it reminds me of the early optimism of the 20th Century. It was built to show how the city revived itself after an earthquake that nearly destroyed it. Today it is a pleasant place to stroll and enjoy the outdoors. The pond and buildings are well worth a good look and make for pretty photos.

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Located very close to the golden gate bridge, this is a great place to sit down on the lawn and have a picnic lunch. Architecture is awesome and its fun feeding the ducks!

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Reviewed December 23, 2012

This is a glorious building, and when lit, is even more beautiful. We saw it through mist and fog, and with white swans gliding along on its pond, the effect was magical. I can imagine this would attract picnickers in the right weather. Next time we'll actually go inside.

Thank LouieMcGoo
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

We heard that this place is sinking so we're glad we got to see it in person. It is a magnificient structure. The details on the walls are incredible. Nice place to walk around and enjoy the view.

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