In January, 2007 Armory Studios announced that it had acquired the San Francisco National Guard Armory and Arsenal located at the corner of 14th and Mission Streets. For some in the neighborhood this was controversial because of the content produced there.
This behemoth San Francisco landmark completed in 1914 is a 200,000 square foot reproduction of a Moorish Castle and was used by the National Guard until 1976. It sat vacant and deserted for almost 40 years, imposing and foreboding, it's identity was a mystery to most neighborhood residents. Upon closer inspection, the beauty of this building becomes more apparent. It retains original period details including wainscoting, stone staircases and sweeping corridors. Beneath the main floors is the cavernous access to Mission Creek. It served as both a barricade and safety point for officers during the violent rioting in San Francisco in 1934. George Lucas used this location for filming during the production of the first Star Wars movie. This impressive structure is now the home of Kink.com, an adult entertainment company and an SF original. If you have ever wondered what an adult entertainment studio might be like this is your unique opportunity to see one.
We are proud to be working with The Armory to bring you tours of this historic gem as a destination along with our historic neghborhood tours. We are the only tour company offering Armory tours as part of our regular line up. We currently have two Explore SF tours that include a look around this fascinating facility. Come see this incredible San Francisco landmark and tour the building and studio sets within. You will actually see the sets and production areas in which adult entertainment is created. This is not the kind of tour that any of your friends have likely been on and this is one of the most unparalleled experiences that anyone will likely have on any trip, ever.
Please note: These tours are for adults only
The Folsom District & The Armory
SEPTEMBER IS SOLD OUT! OCTOBER NOW ON SALE, RESERVE YOUR SPACE
This historic walking tour will take you through the legendary Folsom District of Leather Bars,
Gay Bathouses, huge dance clubs,and sex clubs. This area was once a vibrant neighbohood
and was the front lines for gay identity and sexual liberation. Mostly wiped from the maps by zealous
developers and corrupt politicians this area was also home to thousands of residents who were replaced
with big box stores, office towers and condos. More
Mission Dolores to The Armory
MissiÃ³n San Francisco de AsÃs was originally built close to the banks of a creek that the Spanish called, Arroyo de Nuestra SeÃ±ora de los Dolores, meaning "Our Lady of Sorrows Creek. The original Mission was moved a few blocks to where it is now and later the creek was buried underneath city streets. Today, the creek flows throught the basement of The Armory. Our tour begins at the Basilica at the Mission, now commonly called Mission Dolores and ends at the Armory. We could have call this the Mission Creek Tour but From the Pope to Porn has more panache, either way this is a fascinating journey. More
Sin Francisco: PanSexual SF and the Armory
Discover the past of pansexual San Francsico on this historic SOMA District walking tour, where streets are named for harlots. Which street was named for a child prostitute? Who was she? See the fantastic Hotel Hugo before it is demolished. Walk through The proposed LGBTQ and Philipino Social Heritage Districts Experience debaucherous Folsom Street. Memorialize gay and straight bathhouses, leather bars, & transgender integration. Salute BDSM playspaces, bi-sexual dance houses and racous nightclubs More
$85 FOLSOM STREET FAIR SPECIAL PRICING: $40
Tickets: Without the Armory $
69 FOLSOM STREET FAIR SPECIAL PRICING: $25
Reservations Line: 800.595.4849 (24hrs)
Tours in San Francisco
More Information: 415.793.1104
Related Content: SF Pride Tours 2012