of Fine Arts
Conceived as a grand classical ruin, the
Palace of Fine Arts was originally designed by architect Bernard Maybeck as a
temporary structure for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition. The romantic lagoon,
Romanesque rotunda and elegant colonnade evoke a sense of joy and timeless beauty.
Even after the other structures were torn down, the public clamored to preserve
the Palace. It was rebuilt in near entirety in concrete in 1966, after crumbling
for over 50 years. The Exhibition Hall now houses one of the most unusual museums
in the world, the hand-on science Exploratorium, conceived by physicist Frank
Oppenheimer, and an adjacent 1000-seat theater hosts events and concerts. Marina
district. SFCVB photo by Phil Coblentz.
Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau Photo & Text"