Explore San Francisco's Finest Architecture with a San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour

San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
SF City Guides offers free walking tours in various neighborhoods of San Francisco.  We signed ourselves up for an Art Deco walking tour of San Francisco's Marina neighborhood and met our guide outside the Marina Library. 
The Marina Middle School was the first stop on our Art Deco walking tour.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
The school features rams head decorations and the ubiquitous Art Deco 'speed lines' (see left side of picture below).
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
We walked down Chestnut Street in the Marina and saw vestiges of Art Deco architecture above the current storefronts.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
I had never noticed this stylized Art Deco eagle on the top corner of Izzy's Steaks and Chops.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
Sunburst patterns are another common feature of Art Deco architectural style.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
We started shouting 'Deco!' among ourselves whenever we spotted a potential Art Deco building in San Francisco and starting guessing where our volunteer SF city guide would stop next.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
The Presidio Theatre is another prime example of Art Deco architecture in San Francisco with plenty of stepped-back columns, speed lines, and use of neon.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
We detoured through a more residential part of San Francisco's Marina neighborhood.  While not Art Deco, the buildings and landscape were visually stunning.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
I liked this garden outside another school in the Marina.
This school had a more Gothic styling but was quite impressive nonetheless.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
Back on target, we spotted apartment buildings with Art Deco flourishes.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
The apartment building below with two stylized busts guarding the entrance was the most over the top example of the style that we saw on our Art Deco walking tour.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
This building with black glass accents and lots of straight lines was another cool Art Deco stop on the tour through the Marina.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
Next we caught a glimpse of probably the most famous Art Deco structure in San Francisco - The Golden Gate Bridge.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
This apartment building took Art Deco architecture to the next level with bright and metallic colors.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
The Art Deco accents looked sharp against blue sky and wispy clouds.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
We spotted one building that even used an Art Deco font for the street number!
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
I stopped to admire some of the flower gardens in the Marina.
That's when I noticed this...a very well coiffed plot...entirely designed from synthetic materials!  It's not in Art Deco style but had the technology been available at the time, it very well may have been incorporated.  The Art Deco movement was about pushing the leading edge of modern industrial technology.
We ended our SF City Guides Art Deco walking tour back where we started near the Marina Middle School.
San Francisco City Guides Marina Art Deco Walking Tour
We treated ourselves to some coffee and treats at The Grove which just happens to sit inside one of the Art Deco buildings on Chestnut Street.  It was a fitting end to our tour!

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