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Courtesy of Rick Evans
Architecture in San Francisco
Rick Evans created a tour originally to jump-start research for his book on San Francisco’s architecture. Five years later, the book is still a work in progress, but his excursions are immensely popular. Evans brings attention to downtown’s unusual buildings, including the Hallidie (the first glass curtain wall building) and the Crown Zellerbach (the city’s first postwar glass building). He also loves the Golden Gate City’s Privately Open Public Spaces, or POPS, such as little-known roof gardens mandated by city planners.
Tour Highlight: In the Mechanics’ Institute, a private library, Evans takes travelers to see the oldest chess club in the country.
(415) 264-8824; architecturesf.com