San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall is the chief administrative building for the City and County of San Francisco.

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The original City Hall building was built 1899 and was much larger than the City Hall building that stands today. The 1899 building was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake.

Construction on the new City Hall building began in April 1913 and was completed in July 1926. It was designed by architect Arthur Brown Jr of Bakewell & Brown and cost $3.5 million.

The five floor building covers two full city blocks and has more than 555,000 square feet of space inside. It is architecturally impressive with its Roman-style columns, marble floors and staircase, and elegant lanterns.

It received a $293 million upgrade and seismic retrofit in 1998, which was much needed following the 1989 earthquake.

Interesting fact the structure’s dome is 42 feet taller than the US Capitol. Also Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio married at City Hall in 1954, and sadly Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated at City Hall in 1978 by former Supervisor Dan White.

San Francisco City Hall is open to the public Monday to Friday during business hours. It is at 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place (on Van Ness Avenue).

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