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Rick Evans Architecture in San Francisco
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.
the Mechanics’ Institute, a private library, Evans takes travelers to see the
oldest chess club in the country.