An Art Deco Tour of San Francisco
We will start inside the lobby of the old main Post Office, Rincon Center, 101 Misssion Street at Spear and Howard, designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood in the Streamline Moderne style. Once inside you will see the 27 watercolor murals painted by the Russian immigrant painter Anton Refregier¬† under the Works Project Administration. Inspired by the work of Diego Rivera, the murals depict the history of California. The exterior of the building is decorated by dolphin friezes above the doorways and windows.
We will venture on up to The Stock Exchange Towerlocated at 155 Sansome Street. The building opened1930 and housed the offices of the brokers who worked 'on the floor' of the adjacent San Francisco Stock Exchange flanked by two monumental sculptures by sculptor Ralph Stackpole. The tower, was designed by¬† Timothy_L. Pflueger a prominent architect, interior designer, architectural lighting designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Potrero Hill, Pflueger began working at the age of 11 and when he was 14 he joined an architectural firm and began his career. In the first half of the 20th century. Pflueger designed some of the leading skyscrapers and movie theaters in the San Francisco bay area, his works featured art by artists such as Ralph Stackpole and Diego Rivera. Pflueger captured the spirit of the times adding a distinct personal flair.
His work as an interior designer resulted in an array of influential interior spaces, including luxurious cocktail lounges such as the Top of the Mark at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, the Patent Leather Bar at the St. Francis Hotel and the Cirque Room at The Fairmont. ¬†He was the chairman of a committee of consulting architects on the Bay Bridge project and he served on the committee responsible for the design of the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. Pflueger
was a board member of the San Francisco Art Association starting in 1930, and helped the organization found the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
While sitting on the steps of the Pacific Stock exchange your guide will hand out tour notes including photos and addresses of other hidden art and architectural treasures.¬† We then hike up the hill to see another Art Deco gem of Pflueger’s the 450 Sutter Street Medical Building. This spectacular tower is world renowned for its unique neo-Mayan design elements. Our tour ends just down a block to the St. Francis Hotel lobby for a rare chance to see renowned photographer Ansel Adams stunning photographs of Pflueger’s interior design of the famed Patent Leather Bar.
Guests are encouraged to come dressed in swanky period fashion, your guide may be wearing her finest clothes from the era
See the hidden gems of 1920's and 30's San Francisco, some you may have walked past before
Your guide is a long term afficianado and authority of Art Deco San Francisco
Learn about Timothy Pflueger, one of San Francisco's most prominent, prolific and rescpected architects and designers
See watercolor murals painted by Anton Refregier
View sculptures created by Ralph Stackpole
Experience the glamour and opulence of 1920's and 30's design
Fun and Interesting HIstorical Information provided by your knowledgable and entertaining guide
For future exploring on your own, you will receive maps and photos of other hidden gems worth seeking out, as well as notes from your tour
Your Guide- Alice Jurow
A Bay Area Art Deco expert and recovering architect, lecturer and author, Alice has given tours of the SF Bay area’s
art and architecture for historical preservation societies and curious visitors for many years.¬† She knows
many of the hidden gems and oddities that even locals aren’t aware of, such as WPA art, architectural archetypes,
and things saved from the wrecking ball. As an avid collector and wearer of vintage clothing, don’t be surprised
to see her in finest vintage outfits.
What:Secrets of the 1920's and 30's Walking Tour
When: Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:00AM
Duration Approximately 2-2.5 Hours
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