Historic Sites

Established by Spanish colonists in 1776, historic San Francisco is home to a wide range of interesting architecture, landmarks and historic places of interest. Contact our concierge at 415-788-1234 for more information.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
At the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Maritime Museum is filled with sailing and fishing lore, including a collection of shipwreck photographs and historic marine scenes. Beautifully carved, brightly painted wooden figureheads from old windjammers line the walls.

Mission Dolores
San Francisco's oldest standing structure is the Mission San Francisco de Assisi (aka Mission Dolores). In 1776, at the command of Franciscan missionary Junípero Serra, Father Francisco Palou came to the Bay Area to found the sixth in a series of missions on the California coastline. This site features the mission's small, simple chapel and a statue of Father Serra standing in the mission garden.

Octagon House
This unusual, eight-sided, cupola-topped house dates from 1861 and is maintained by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.

Grace Cathedral
Grace Cathedral features stained-glass windows depicting figures such as Thurgood Marshall, Robert Frost and Albert Einstein; replicas of Ghiberti's bronze Doors of Paradise; a series of religious murals by Polish artist John de Rosen; and a 44-bell carillon.

Haas-Lilienthal House
This elaborate 1886 structure features all the architectural frills of the period, including dormer windows, flying cupolas, ornate trim and winsome turret. Now a museum, the Haas-Lilienthal House is fully furnished with period pieces. The Foundation for San Francisco's Architectural Heritage maintains the house and offers tours every 20 to 30 minutes.

Ghirardelli Square
This National Historic Landmark property dates from 1864, when it served as a factory making Civil War uniforms, but it's best known as the former chocolate and spice factory of Domingo Ghirardelli, who purchased it in 1984. The factory has since been converted into a three-level mall with more than 34 stores and 11 eateries.

California Palace of the Legion of Honor
This museum's permanent collection covers 4,000 years of art and includes paintings, sculpture, tapestries, prints and drawings. Designed as a memorial to California's World War I casualties, this structure also offers visitors an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown.

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