San Francisco Public Library

Opened in 1996, San Francisco's new $137 million Main Library (James Ingo Freed & Cathy Simon) was built next door to the "Old Main," now the Asian Art Museum. The main facade, facing City Hall, reveals an updated version of Beaux-Arts classicism, while the Hyde Street elevation presents an angular, contemporary face. The seven-story interior, replete with catwalk bridges, shelves of books, artworks and an asymmetrical skylit atrium, boasts multimedia computers and access to electronic databases as well as to books and magazines. Changing displays of art and literature are presented in the lower-level Jewett Exhibition Gallery.

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Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum
Housed since 2003 in the old Main
City Hall
City Hall
Testament to San Francisco's civic pride
30 minutes
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
Flanking a formal courtyard, these twin
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
In contrast to the Beaux-Arts public
15 minutes
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
Sheathed in white travertine marble and
15 minutes
Old Mint
Old Mint
Future home of the San Francisco Museum
60 minutes
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City Hall
City Hall
Testament to San Francisco's civic pride
30 minutes
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
Flanking a formal courtyard, these twin
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
In contrast to the Beaux-Arts public
15 minutes
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Other ideas « Art and Culture »

Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum
Housed since 2003 in the old Main
City Hall
City Hall
Testament to San Francisco's civic pride
30 minutes
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
In contrast to the Beaux-Arts public
15 minutes
See all