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Ferry Building Marketplace

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Built in 1892 by architect A. Page Brown, the Ferry House Building was a structure that would help usher in a new age of transportation. When it opened in 1898, it became a main hub for both ferry and train travel for East Bay and Marin residents.

The clock tower is modeled after a bell tower in the Seville Cathedral in Spain. It is said to have been the “welcoming beacon on the Bay.”

In the 1930s, the opening of the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge and the advancement of the automobile made ferry transport all but obsolete. With the decline of ferry travel, much of the interior was changed to make way for office space.

Today, ferry travel is still active within the Bay area and the first floor marketplace is a huge tourist attraction.

From the Ferry Building Marketplace website: “We are very committed to the artisan food community and to fostering the values of that community here at the Ferry Building”

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Written by Paulo Loreto

November 2, 2011 at 9:02 PM