Magazine article Sunset

In San Francisco, Architectural Art, Designers' Enclave

Magazine article Sunset

In San Francisco, Architectural Art, Designers' Enclave

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"A city is not a work of art," wrote the famous urban planning historian Jane Jacobs, meaning that cities are more than abstract street plans and sculptural highrises. But works of architectural art certainly do help shape a city's identity.

In San Francisco this month, you can view a major architectural show at the Museum of Modern Art, in the Civic Center, and view a smaller, intriguing exhibit in a developing architectural enclave across town.

"Chicago Architecture: 1872-1922" chronicles the rebuilding of Chicago after the great fire of 1871. With about 200 drawings, models, photographs, and pieces of furniture, the museum exhibit illustrates the "City Beautiful" vision exemplified by the city's 1893 world's fair, and also charts the growth and development of the skyscraper. Similarities with San Francisco abound: both cities rose from ashes and looked to Paris for inspiration.

The show runs October 6 through December 4. Hours are 10 to 5 Tuesdays through Fridays (until 9 Thursdays), 11 to 5 Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $3.50, $1.50 seniors and children. …

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