Inside SF City hall

Downtown / Civic Center

S.F. City Hall

City Hall is the main government building for the City of San Francisco. The beauty and history of the structure alone have made it one of the most photographed buildings in the city. If you have some free moments, sashay over to City Hall and learn more about the San Francisco historic landmark.

When tourists see City Hall, the first word that comes to their mind is “Wow.” The Beaux Arts design, created in 1915 (and repaired after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake) features the fifth largest dome in the world, taller than the U.S. Capitol Dome. The footprint of the building is equally impressive, covering more than a half million square feet and two city blocks.

The history of City Hall completes the pictures and explains why it’s on the National Register of Historic landmarks.

Inside the S.F. City Hall Dome

In addition to being the site of massive political protests, such as gay marriage rallies, it’s also the location where former mayor George Moscone and the first openly-gay political official, Harvey Milk, were assassinated on November 27, 1978. On a lighter note, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe appeared at San Francisco City Hall to say their marriage vows.

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City Hall, in the Civic Center of San Francisco, is a significant building in the Bay Area. Taking about an hour to visit (and completely free to enter), the world’s once-largest base-isolated structure is one you have to see to believe. While you tour around San Francisco, ride over to City Hall to complete your picture book.

Facade of City Hall

How Do I Find San Francisco City Hall?

  • S.F. City Hall is located in the Civic Center, where most of the government buildings are located. It’s the large dome near the corner of 8th and Market Street. You can’t miss it.
  • You can use public transportation routes 5, 9, 14, 19, 21, 26, 31, 47, 49, F-Line, BART and the underground K, L, M, T, J and N to reach the Civic Center. Most public transportation routes go past City Hall.
  • To reach City Hall from Union Square you can ride the F-Line (8 min), underground K, L, M, N, J or T (8 min) or BART, although BART is more expensive. You can also walk, however it’s across The Tenderloin, San Francisco’s most homeless neighborhood.

San Francisco City Hall

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City Hall is one of the most beautiful buildings in San Francisco. Be ready to encounter homeless people around the attraction if you visit, though. City Hall is the main government point in San Francisco. If anyone were to help with the homeless, it’d be the city, right?

Location of City Hall