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. This massive wall of sculpture was created by Ruth Asawa, using schoolchildren's bread dough models as a basis for the casting. Another famous water feature is Lotta's Fountain, at the intersection of Geary, Kearney, and Market. Donated by singer Lotta Crabtree in 1875, it is the city's oldest piece of public art. You can also see the controversial Vaillancourt Fountain at Justin Herman Plaza at the foot of Market Street, believed by many to be a parody of the former (and much loathed) Embarcadero Freeway.
San Francisco, CA, United States
Nearest Transit: Powell St.
Ruth Asawa Water Fountain and Nearby Attractions on Map
Union Square San Francisco(0.1 km)
Union Square is a commercial and cultural hub in downtown San Francisco, named after the pro-Union rallies held here during the Civil War.
Alcazar Theater(0.7 km)
Built in 1911 in honor of the Shriners (Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine); this Byzantine-style Islamic temple (now a 500 seat theater showing Broadway and off-Broadway shows), is now a historical city landmark.
San Francisco City Hall(1.5 km)
Designed by Arthur Brown Jr.
San Francisco Symphony(1.7 km)
San Francisco has an excellent symphony orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) as the principal conductor.
United Nations Plaza(1.2 km)
The UN Charter was signed in the Civic Center in 1945, and this plaza was constructed in honor of its ideology and is ironically over the site of the original San Francisco City Cemetery.
Herbst Theater(1.6 km)
Herbst Theater, next to the Opera house in the similarly-styled War Memorial Veteran's building is host to a wide variety of activities.
San Francisco Ballet(1.7 km)
The repertory season begins in January and continues through May.
San Francisco Opera(1.7 km)
There are Fall, Spring, and Summer seasons.
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