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The San Francisco Centre Dome

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A couple blocks from Union Square, the San Francisco Centre is an upscale shopping mall that features over 180 retail shops, a 9-screen cinema, and a branch of San Francisco State University.

The mall’s signature dome was designed by Albert Passis and debuted when the mall opened in 1896 as the Emporium

After being rocked by a huge earthquake in 1906, the Emporium was destroyed, including the original dome. The dome was reconstructed two years later and went through a revitalization in 2006.

The dome, itself, is a three-story structure and has over 900 lights lining the ribs of the dome.


Written by Paulo Loreto

November 9, 2012 at 12:50 AM

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”

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 2, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista

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Located by the Powell-Hyde Cable Car’s last stop in Fisherman’s Wharf, it is said to be the birthplace of Irish Coffee in the United States. Dating back to November 10, 1952, it is said to have originated because of challenge from the Buena Vista’s then-owner Jack Koeppler to re-create the “Irish Coffee” served in Ireland’s Shannon Airport.

The Buena Vista serves up to 2,000 Irish Coffees a day.













The restaurant’s website ( provides a diagram of the proper way of making an Irish Coffee.

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Painted Ladies

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This famous rows of houses, which grew to pop culture icons through the opening credits of “Full House.,” can be seen at Alamo Square in San Francisco.

Thousands of homes in San Francisco were built in this style throughout the latter end of the 1800s.

"Whatever happened to predicatability / The milkman, the paperboy, evening TV..."











This area is also known as Postcard Row.

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 29, 2011 at 4:50 AM