May 1987 - San Francisco CA
This was our first and only trip to San Francisco, how did that happen? We've been in California many times since then.
The first mural we had even seen! And in googling it, it is still there!
Columbus and Broadway in North Beach by Bill Weber and was painted in 1987.
Featured are three musical legends: Teddy Wilson on the piano, Gene Krupa playing the drums and Benny Goodman with his signature clarinet.
This was also the first time I saw patrons have to get a key to the washroom.
Is it any wonder you need signs like above?
The biggest SF icon of all!
A bus tour to Napa Valley.
We took the ferry over to Sausalito for a day.
Yes, you can still see this houseboat!
The Taj Mahal was built by land developer turned winery and vineyard entrepreneur Bill Harlan in the mid-1970’s after he visited India and was fascinated by its architecture. With travertine marble floors, a wine cellar (logically enough), a top-level solarium for meditation, a sauna and a secret elevator, the houseboat’s cost in 1970’s dollars was over $2,000,000, which would be a staggering $9,000,000 today.
We were staying close to City Hall, a rather seedy area at that time.
The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. The building no longer houses the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, which moved their U.S. headquarters to Baltimore, Maryland, but it is still associated with the company and is depicted in the company's logo. Designed by architect William Pereira and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, at 853 ft (260 m), on completion in 1972 it was the eighth tallest building in the world.
And our introduction to Ghirardelli chocolate, which is now a life-long addiction!
Coit Tower on the left.
Coit Tower, also known as the Lillian Coit Memorial Tower, is a 210-foot (64 m) tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood. The tower, in the city's Pioneer Park, was built in 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit's bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco; at her death in 1929 Coit left one-third of her estate to the city for civic beautification. The tower was proposed in 1931 as an appropriate use of Coit's gift.
Alcatraz. The small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1933 until 1963.