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- Address: United States, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
- Timings: 08:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-4155544933
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Monument, Architecture , Heritage Building, Hall
Yet another Beaux-Art monument resulting from the city beautiful movement from the early twentieth century, this building has much to recommend it, not the least of which is its dome, the fifth largest in the world. Stunning from both the outside and inside, the building has been featured prominently in varius blockbuster movies, which includes a Bond movie (A view to a Kill), The Rock, The Towerng Inferno and Dirty Harry. The tourist trap here is the magnificent rotunda.
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City Hall Reviews & Ratings
From the very beginning on Friday September 27 outside City Hall I was generously helped by an HR employee to enter at the side of the building as the main entrances were not open before 8. I proceeded to the Assessors office to purchase city documents and had a wonderful experience. The man who helped me was kind and managed my expectations while executing what I needed. I then proceeded to get my business license for consulting and navigate this with two city employees, one with the small business office. I could not have had a better experience and truly felt well taken care of by City Hall. Thank you!
I really didn't have to much time here and I only saw a few things but did talk to some workers who were there. Be warned there is heavy security to gain full access. I understand why this is but because of a time crunch and not wanting to empty all that I had with me I declined to go through the security check point. It looked and felt like you were going through airport security and that is the ONLY reason I did not give this place a full five out of five. The building is magnificent and reminds me of the capitol in Washington, D.C. from the Baroque accoutrements. Inside once past security there is a very long and steep staircase to the main floor. If you are an older person be prepared. I really liked seeing this place and just wished I had more time. I think it would be a good place to spend about 90 minutes there soaking up all that it has to offer.
The building is beautiful! It's such a treat, with so much history! I was really impressed with the structure. The tour, however, was pretty horrendous. I work in a museum, and I have visited many historical sites (many capitol buildings), and this was unfortunately the worst tour experience I've taken. I'm sorry to be harsh, because you can tell that a lot of care went into it, but the program and tour need some serious updating. The older women that greeted us and gave us the tour were very nice, but we spent 40 minutes just looking at exhibition cases, that were clearly not done by a professional. 40 minutes wasted on plastic cases, when you could be exploring this beautiful building you're standing in! After that we were rushed because I had to leave for a flight, so I only got a few minutes upstairs to see the magnificent views and just briefly stepped into the Mayor's Office. I suggest a revamp- show the exciting parts of the building, let the people walk through the exhibit cases on their own before/after the tour. Find a museum studies intern to help refresh the cases, and hire a new young museum educator to redesign the tour. Until those changes are made, I'd skip the tour and just step inside the building to have a quick look around by yourself.
Stopped here for a toilet break but never saw my father leave. Spent over 20 minutes looking inside City Hall for him, while a wedding photoshoot took place and reception was being prepared. 1. the 2 sets of restrooms are on the first floor, each on the other side of fairly large ballrooms. 2. the security guards were helpful, even though he turned up later. 3. building is ornate but layout is confusing. There are at least 3 floors inside.
The building is a work of art, built by dedicated craftsmen. Completed in 1916, and started in 1913, a replacement after the great 1906 earthquake and fire. It’s part of the American high minded values of that area. And a symbol representing stability. Many ceremonies and rituals happen here, as well as some government functions for the City and County of San Francisco. The building is often a movie set, included are Dirty Harry, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Foul Play. Missing a gold star because there’s room for improvement with the burocráticos.