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Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco is one of the few extant structures from the 1915 World's Fair, and one of the most photogenic spots in the city.

The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco is one of the few extant structures from the 1915 World's Fair, and one of the most photogenic spots in the city. Designed by Bernard Maybeck, it features a 162 feet tall classical Greco-Roman rotunda on the banks of an artificial European-Style reflecting lagoon. The arches are flanked by double columns, and the entablatures feature Bruno Louis Zimm's 3 repeating panels representing 'The Struggle for the Beautiful'. The first features an allegorical figure of Art flanked by idealists struggling against the materialistic centaurs. The second features Bellerophon mounting Pegasus as Orpheus with his lyre is followed by a lion. The allegorical figure of Genius holds a lamp and the pine cones of immortality. The third panel features Apollo in the midst of a procession of his devotees bearing garlands and fruit. The figures between the panels represent those who battle for the arts. The rotunda also has a frieze with allegorical figures representing Contemplation, Wonderment and Meditation.

Around it is an 1100 feet wide pergola or curved colonnade comprising 30 Corinthian columns framing a wide walkway. Each of the columns is surmounted by Ulric Ellerhusen's sculptures of 4 maidens called 'weepers', which enhance the solemnity of the setting. The idyllic park is a great place to picnic, and observe swans floating in the lake. It is also a venue for weddings and other events.


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About Palace of Fine Arts

 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

 +1 415-567-6642

 [email protected]

 www.palaceoffinearts.org

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