Activities & Resources
City Hall050in San Francisco, CA 94102
about City Hall:
Opened in 1915, it was designed by architect Arthur Brown, Jr. who also designed San Francisco's Opera House, Veterans Building, Temple Emmanuel, Coit Tower and 50 United Nations Plaza.
Walking into City Hall you get an immediate sense of calm even as the business of the city swirls around you. The effect is almost completely due to the soaring ceiling, which completely dominates the interior space. The dome is one of the largest in the world, rising 360 feet above Civic Center Plaza. Adding to the hushed solemnity are marble walls and a luxuriously sweeping staircase.
The Hall has a small place to eat called the North Light Cafe. A better use of your time is a free tour. Tours run Monday-Friday 10am, 12 noon, and 2pm. Sign in at the City Hall Tour Kiosk located behind the security check-in on the Goodlett (Polk) Street side. Tours run 45 minutes to an hour. For groups of 8 or more please call 554-4933 at least three weeks ahead to arrange a private tour. There is no charge for school groups from 3rd-12th grade, private groups and colleges are charged $50 for groups up to 35, $100 for groups larger than 35.