The San Francisco Ferry Building is a magnificent structure on Embarcadero in San Francisco. It is an office building, a food hall, and a terminal for ferries travelling on the San Francisco Bay. The building is built on an area of three acres and it was opened in the year 1898. Designed in the Classical Revival of Beaux-Arts architecture, the structure was designed by architect Arthur Page Brown.
A clock tower that is 245 foot tall stands on top of the building with four clock dials, each with a diameter of 22 feet and are viewable from the market street. The clock tower was designed by Arthur Page Brown as a close replica to the 12th century bell tower of Giralda in Seville, Spain.
The building was adapted to office use because of decreased use in the mid 20th century, following the constructions of bridges across the bay for conveying railroad traffic. Some of its parts were destroyed by the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. However, major renovations and restorations were carried out in the year 2002 to redevelop the entire complex. The Great Nave with the height of 660 feet was restored together with its materials and height. The ground floor of the building is used as a market place while the second and third floors are used as offices and port commission.
The San Francisco Ferry terminal is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the landmarks of San Francisco. The main reason people visit the San Francisco Ferry Building is the food and the ferry to Marin County.
The building houses numerous fantastic and great places to eat, merry, and relax. Order the delicious rum cocktail made with fresh nutmeg and essence of clove and enjoy with the shaking beef as most tourists do.
It is advisable that you eat at the no-reservations bar because you could still wait for about 40 minutes with a reservation. Some of the most favorite restaurants of the city are “Gotts Roadside,” previously known as “Taylor’s Automatic Refresher” for burgers and shakes and “Slanted Door” for nouveau Vietnamese.
Also be sure to make it to the waterfront and enjoy a drink on the bench while you watch the ferries as they glide on the bay.
The farmer’s market at the building is great and it’s available until 2 P.M on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Take a culinary tour around the ferry building and see the master chefs as they buy fresh items to cook in the restaurants.
After the culinary tour, ask for directions to Pier 33 and stroll to the south of Embarcadero for a ferry ride to Alcatraz. While on the ferry, enjoy views of the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the receding skyline of San Francisco on the way out.