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Inspiring Architecture

The monumental dome rising above a lush lagoon on the edge of the Presidio serves as both the architectural crown jewel of the Marina District and a permanent reminder of San Francisco’s resilient spirit. The Palace of Fine Arts is the last remaining structure of eight identical rotundas and colonnades, originally constructed for the Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915. The grand structures, inspired by ancient Roman and Greek architecture, were built as part of the city’s effort to bounce back from the devastation of the 1906 earthquake by hosting the century’s first world’s fair. The now-iconic dome and adjacent lagoon have often been used as backdrops for movies, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” and, more recently, “The Rock.” Today, the locale serves as one of the most gorgeous places in the city for a picnic or photo op.

3301 Lyon St., 415.563.6504, www.palaceoffinearts.org

Garrett Miller