December 15, 2016

2901 UNITED STATES (California) - Downtown San Francisco

San Francisco's Downtown area saves the city from being seen simply as a series of villages. With a high concentration of cultural attractions and a substantial shopping district, its cosmopolitan character exceeds its modest size, yet the compact urban center is easy navigate on foot. To the east, the Financial District has been San Francisco's business and banking hub since the 1849 Gold Rush. The area is marked by the cluster of high-rise towers in the triangular area east of Kearny Street, south of Washington Street, west of the Embarcadero that rings the waterfront, and north of Market Street.

The city's tallest buildings are located there. Montgomery Street (sometimes called Wall Street of the West) is the traditional heart of the district. Its northern edge is overlooked by the iconic spike of William Pereira's 1972 Transamerica Pyramid (the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco, 260m) and the Jackson Square Historical District, the last vestige of San Francisco’s notorious Barbary Coast, once a seething mass of low-life bars and brothels. Southwest of the Tenderloin, Civic Center is a complex of imposing government buildings and immense performance halls grouped around manicured Civic Center Plaza.

Atop Telegraph Hill, one of San Francisco's 44 hills, and one of its original "Seven Hills", stands Coit Tower (64 m), also known as the Lillian Coit Memorial Tower. The tower, in the city's Pioneer Park, was built in 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit's bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco; at her death in 1929 Coit left one-third of her estate to the city for civic beautification. The art deco tower, built of unpainted reinforced concrete, was designed by architects Arthur Brown, Jr. and Henry Howard, with fresco murals by 27 different on-site artists and their numerous assistants.

About the stamps
About the stamp which pays tribute to the majestic emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), I wrote here. The following stamps are part of the series Winter Fun,about which I wrote here.

Downtown San Francisco neighborhood guide - Time Out

Sender: Earlyne (postcrossing) US-4388689
Sent from Greenvale (Arizona / United States), on 08.12.2016
Photo: Andrew McKinney

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