Structures / Palace of Fine Arts
The Palace of Fine Arts is an iconic Greco-Roman style structure located in San Francisco’s Presidio neighborhood. It features a large dome supported by columns and a 1,000 seat theater. The single-story structure was originally constructed of burlap-fiber covered wood and was intended to be temporary for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The building was rebuilt and preserved with light-weight concrete walls and steel framing in 1962 under the direction of architect Hans Gerson. A seismic retrofit was completed in 1993, including the construction of braced frames, strengthening of walls, and improvements to the wall-diaphragm connections.
The structure is one of the remaining structures showcased in the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The iconic structure has been registered as a historical landmark of San Francisco.
- Structure was built at a cost of $622,000.
- The other two remaiming structures from the exposition are the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and the Japanese Tea house, which was moved down to Belmont, California and operates as a restaurant.
- Panama-Pacific International Exposition
- 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake