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Beautiful Architecture

I attended a lecture here and the interior design was delightful, old San Francisco. Apparently... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2017
Thomas V
Oakland, California
Architectural Gem

We went to a lecture at this private library. It's a beautiful building in the middle of downtown... read more

Reviewed April 4, 2017
Thomas V
Oakland, California
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13 Oct 2017
“Beautiful Architecture”
4 Apr 2017
“Architectural Gem”
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104-5003
Financial District
+1 415-393-0101
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Reviewed October 13, 2017

I attended a lecture here and the interior design was delightful, old San Francisco. Apparently the collectiion is restricted to members only, but outsiders can get in. Worth a quick visit.

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Reviewed April 4, 2017

We went to a lecture at this private library. It's a beautiful building in the middle of downtown. Look for a special event to see the inside.

1  Thank Thomas V
Reviewed October 16, 2016

We arrived at the Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room and the guard at the front reception area directed us to the 3rd floor. The Mechanics' Institute is a membership-based library with 160,000+ volumes and also hosts the oldest continuously operating chess club in the...More

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Reviewed February 20, 2016

We did their Tour on a Wednesday. Its a historic membership library, event center, and chess club. The place also shows films periodically. It was founded in 1854

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Reviewed January 27, 2016

A registered historic building adjacent the Financial District housing a membership Library and famous Chess Club, The Library collection today covers all subjects, with special strengths in literature, arts, history, philosophy, business, finance, and hard-to-find periodicals. The Mechanics' Institute also has a rapidly growing audio-book,...More

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Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but
can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s
version of Wall Street. The rush of business people
make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of
life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the
narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of
historic and contemporary architecture, including the
iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours,
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