The Golden Gate Bridge's Accidental Color

Watch on Vimeo The orange hue of the Golden Gate Bridge was an accident of history. San Francisco owes the iconic color of its bridge to Irving Morrow, the consulting architect, who noticed the striking reddish-orange hue of the primer coat, and lobbied to have it made permanent. This video from NPR tells the story. Runtime: 2 min.


A History of Public Art in San Francisco

For 80 years, the San Francisco Arts Commission has been at the center of a lively and often stormy debate over taxpayer-funded art. Hear from Susan W...

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Allen Ginsberg Reciting "Howl"

The writer recites one of the Beat Generation's greatest poems, first performed at the Six Gallery in San Francisco on October 7, 1955. Runtime: 26 mi...

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Pagodas and Dragon Gates

The building and rebuilding of San Francisco’s Chinatown. The team at 99% Invisible investigates.

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San Francisco by Drone

Striking aerial shots of the city. Runtime: 3 min.

Get To Know San Francisco, California

Stairway Walks in San Francisco: The Joy of Urban Exploring

on Amazon The authors explore public stairways traverse San Francisco's 42 hills, sharing captivating architectural, historical, pop culture and...

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Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas

on Amazon A collection of 22 maps and accompanying essays, each of which illuminates the city and its surroundings as experienced by different inhabi...

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Tales of the City: A Novel

on Amazon The first of nine engaging novels about the transient residents of the mythic San Francisco apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane. By Armistea...

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