Booming tech start-ups, trendy restaurants, and chic boutiques are just some of the things that make San Francisco one of the most modern cities in the world. It's so modern in fact, it’s hard to see anything past its present-day hustle and bustle.
But whether you realize it or not, the city by the bay holds a rich history; one that has sparked eras of social revolution and political opinion. At the center of it all will forever stand one of it's most historical treasures: San Francisco City Hall.
Our concierge team at W San Francisco set out on an exclusive VIP City Hall tour with Beyond the Fog, a local tour and special events company known for their one-of-a-kind experiences. With the help of the company's founder Susan Brown (former Mayor Willie Brown's daughter) and veteran guide Ellen Schumer, our team got a first-hand look at the inner workings of one of the nation’s most iconic of city halls.
We started our tour at the bottom of the main rotunda where artfully designed stairs made of Tennessee pink marble and floor to ceiling limestone walls make for the perfect photo op.
From there we made our way to the second floor Ceremonial Rotunda where over 45 couples get married DAILY (fun fact: this is this is the same place Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe got hitched back in 1954)!
We headed to the Board of Supervisors’ Chamber where San Francisco's top politicians meet every week. We couldn't help but get 18th century vibes from the sight and scent of the oak carved walls covering the chamber top to bottom.
Our guides led us up several sets of spiraling staircases all the way to the very top of the city hall dome. The best part of the tour had to have been seeing up close and personal the 23.5 karat gold leaf finish on the renaissance inspired decor. Equally amazing was the panoramic views of San Francisco’s downtown area and rolling residential hills.
It goes to show that our tour was an experience full of history and old-time charm. Not many have yet ventured to this vintage crown jewel of San Francisco. So whether you’re a first time visitor looking for a unique urban experience or a SF native looking to further explore your hometown, let our concierge team at W San Francisco and the professionals at Beyond the Fog arrange you a one-of-a-kind tour with exclusive VIP access.
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