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Union Square San Francisco, San Francisco

Union Square is a commercial and cultural hub in downtown San Francisco, named after the pro-Union rallies held here during the Civil War.

Union Square is a commercial and cultural hub in downtown San Francisco, named after the pro-Union rallies held here during the Civil War. Bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets, the 2.6 acre plaza is surrounded by large department stores, luxury boutiques, art galleries, hotels, cafes and theatres.

At the centre of the square is the the Dewey Monument, dedicated to Spanish?American War hero Admiral George Dewey. The 85 feet high column by Robert Ingersoll Aitken is topped by a 9 foot statue of the Goddess of Victory with a trident representing Dewey, and a wreath symbolizing President William McKinley who broke ground for the monument. The surrounding open plaza hosts various public concerts and events, art shows, an ice rink in winter, and the annual Christmas tree and Menorah lighting. The corners have painted heart sculptures installed annually by the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation for fundraising purposes. The Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine tours start from here.

The 11-storey Tiffany Building to the north of the square has a Tiffany & Co. store, and other corporate offices. To the west is the Westin St. Francis Hotel with a historic Magneta Grandfather Clock, a 12 foot tall ornate timepiece constructed in Vienna in 1856. The south end has Macy's, which puts up the decorated Christmas tree annually.

The area around the Union Square has several theaters and entertainment venues. The Geary Theater is home to the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre which presents classical as well as experimental performances. The Curran Theatre hosts traveling Broadway and pre-Broadway shows. The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, which was the first African-American art institute in the area, stages productions written by black playwrights. The Golden Gate Theatre presents Broadway hits.

The Square is a popular shopping destination with big name brands from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue to luxury stores Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Bulgari.

The area abounds in art galleries. Some of the popular ones are ✓Christopher-Clark Fine Art which has works spanning 5 centuries from Old Masters such as Rembrandt to contemporary works by Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, ✓Weinstein Gallery which presents surrealist art from pre-war Europe through the birth of abstract expressionism and the New York School in post-war America featuring artists such as Picasso & Joan Mir?, ✓Meyerovich Gallery with works on paper by modern and contemporary masters such as Picasso and Matisse, ✓Fraenkel Gallery of contemporary art and photography, and ✓Gallery Paule Anglim which features local California artists.

A stone's throw away to the north-east of the square are the French Quarter and Chinatown. Just off Stockton Street to the east of the square is Maiden Lane, which has the Xanadu Gallery, San Francisco's only building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.


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About Union Square San Francisco

 Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

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Ruth Asawa Water Fountain

A quick overview of San Francisco geography is provided by the '''San Francisco Fountain''' on the steps of the Grand Hyatt on Stockton just north of Post

Fraenkel Gallery

Opened in 1979, the gallery has shown over 300 exhibits

Phoenix Theater

The Phoenix is a small theater that showcases the work of local and international playwrights

San Francisco Chinatown

Erected in 1970, this ornate dragon-crested gate, marks the southern entrance to Chinatown

Curran Theater

Built in 1922, this theater was designed by architect Alfred Henry Jacobs

First Chinese Baptist Church

Established in the year 1880 as one of the oldest churches in the city, it is worth a visit

Sing Fat Building and Sing Chong Building

Two great examples of multi-tiered pagoda buildings on opposite sides of the intersection

The Museum of Craft and Design

This is the only folk art museum in Northern California, known for a rich offering of focused and unique exhibitions of traditional and contemporary folk art and craft from around the world

Old St. Mary's Church

This is a Chinatown landmark

St. Mary's Park

This park boasts an Art Deco statue of Sun Yat-Sen, created by sculptor Benny Bufano in the 1930s