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Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268807

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268807.001.0001

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Civic Center

Civic Center

(p.160) (p.161) Civic Center
San Francisco in the 1930s

David Kipen

University of California Press

San Francisco's Civic Center constitutes a Beaux Arts monument to the city's tradition in culture, its achievements in democratic government, and its proud position among the commercial centers of the nation. The Civic Center has been a scene of welcome for so many celebrities and so many parades that henceforth it is likely to become the most popular and historic of the city's landmarks. As further funds become available and a need for new units arises, other structures will be added. Perhaps in time the dream of the Civic Center's original designer, D. H. Burnham, will be realized by the extension of its monumental plan to include the entire city. Municipal government in San Francisco was not always so well-housed or so well-ordered. For more than a half-century after 1776, the seat of local government was a tiny dirt-floored two-room hut, home of the military comandante at the Presidio.

Keywords:   San Francisco, Civic Center, Beaux Arts, tradition, culture, D. H. Burnham, municipal government, comandante, Presidio

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