The Gift of the Grab
So one can't live by guidebook alone. At some point, you're going to want a memento of your trip. Or better yet, turn any occasion into a "Wish you were here!" game. Printed in California with golden metallic touches, SUBJECT-OBJECT designed these cards to be mailed, framed, or gifted. Look forward to other kinds of editions at one of our partner stores, or visit the SUBJECT-OBJECT Objects store to get yours. Cards are 4x6 inches.
Icons of San Francisco
1. Mision de San Francisco de Asís; 2: Sequoia Redwood 3: Dutch Windmill; 4: Cable Car; 5: "Karl" the Fog; 6: deYoung Muesum; 7: Chinatown Gate; 8: St. Mary's Cathedral; 9: Sutro Tower; 10: Castro Theatre; 11: "Painted Lady" Victorian; 12: Lombard Street; 13: SF MOMA; 14: Federal Building; 15: Japantown Peace Plaza Pagoda; 16: Jewish Museum; 17: Classic Muni Streetcar; 18: City Hall; 19: Palace of Fine Arts; 20: Murals at the Edificio de Mujeres; 21: California Academy of Sciences; 22: Transamerica Pyramid; 23: Golden Gate Bridge; 24: Coit Tower; 25: BART; 26: Fiserman's Wharf; 27: Embarcadero Center; 28: Ferry Building; 29: Seals of the Bay Area; 30: Alcatraz
Bridges of the Bay Area
1: Old Eastern Span Oakland Bay Bridge (one year into being dismantled at time of print); 2: New Eastern Span Oakland Bay Bridge; 3: Western Span Bay Bridge; 4: Golden Gate Bridge
Hundred Year Old Ladies
While San Francisco hardly had the monopoly on Victorian architecture, it was primed to build at a boggling pace as the 1849 Gold Rush brought people and money to the "Wild West." After the 1906 earthquake, the momentum of the Industrial Revolution enabled craftsmen to produce with assembly line efficiency, tearing into the old-growth redwood forests that once filled the area. Equally fast were the changes in building fashions between the 1840's and early 1900's. There are a few liberties taken here, but it was not uncommon to find details of one style taken to new heights in the next. GOTHIC REVIVAL: 2. Pitched roofs; 18. leaded glass; and 7. rooftop finials. ITALIANATE: 3. Flat roof lines, often with 6. decorative brackets, occasionally 8. Mansard style; 11. wood imitating Italian stone country houses; 14. slanted bay windows; 13. tall, arched windows; 17. pediments over entry doors. STICK: Machinery allowed builders to turn out wooden pieces for all kinds of detailing like 4. dentil molding, 12. decorative framing strips, and 20. ornate spindle work. Also typical were 19. squared bays and a sense of verticality. QUEEN ANNE: Hit big around the 1880's, and expressed itself in complex variety, avoiding flat- or plain-ness. Common were: 1. Operable gable fronts; 9. turrets and towers; 10. stained glass double hung windows; 5. bands of detail; 15. ornamentation; and new, fanciful details like 16. fish-scale shingles.
Summer by the Bay
Mark Twain apparently never said "...," well, you know. But he did work as a reporter in the city from 1864. The arm wrestling match between the chill of the Pacific Ocean and the heat of the East Bay does make for an interesting concept of summer in the region. Climate change aside, droughts be damned, you may find yourself in a frigid, misty haze in the middle of July. Watch (2) "Karl" the fog roll in dramatic fashion over the hills, wrapping inhabitants like (1) Sutro Tower with blanket efficiency.
All that Glitters Is, Well...
It's always more delightful to pick the cards up in person, but here's an idea of how they work.
Feel Like a Download?
Carry the city in your phone or other mobile devices. You won't get the shimmer, but you can play "Find that Building" if you're bored.