Pinpoint: The Palace of Fine Arts

Happy Easter!


Before we get into the history of one of the most beautiful structures in the city of San Francisco, we would like to wish you a Happy Easter! Here are three terrible easter jokes to get you warmed up:

Where does the Easter Bunny get his eggs? From Eggplants.

What do you call a sleepy Easter egg? Egg-zosted!

What kind of jewelry do rabbits wear? 14 carrot gold.

The city that knows how

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Hoping that you didn’t leave the blog because of the terrible jokes above… Let’s talk about the Palace of Fine Arts in today’s Pinpoint.

San Francisco is known as the city that knows how. In 1906, San Francisco was almost completely destroyed by a major earthquake on April 18th. The city started to develop again over the years and now it can tell the rest of the world that it’s possible to come back from a major devastation, and become one of the world’s best tourist destinations.

Located in the Marina District, the Palace of Fine Arts is an important part of San Francisco’s rich history and a symbol of the spirit that makes San Francisco “the city that knows how.” (LovethePalace)

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The monumental structure was originally constructed to host the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition which consisted of thousands of displays from 21 countries, 48 U.S. states and 50 California counties. The creator of this beautiful structure Bernard Maybeck was under the influence of Roman architecture believing that  this structure would show “the mortality of grandeur and the vanity of human wishes.”

The Palace today

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The Palace of Fine Arts was used to store trucks and jeeps by the U.S. Army during World War II. In the early 60s, concerned citizens and local government recognized that the loss of the Palace would be a great loss for the people of the city. With donations and raised funds, the Palace went through a partial demolition to be rebuilt in permanent materials. Created shortly after, the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre opened in 1970.

The Palace is a “well preserved jewel” in the eyes of San Franciscans. Through the decades, there have been many donations, projects and campaigns in order to preserve the site.

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Today, the site of the Palace is open for public under the protection of San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is also active and the calendar can be accessed here.

Fun Fact: The Palace was also featured in the real-life Aladdin—originally started off as a prank—footage that was recently published. Watch below.

Wrapping up

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Until Wednesday,
Tarik A.

GGU Social Did You Know 3-2

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