EXPLORE NOB HILL WALKING TOUR
â€śThe hill of palacesâ€ť was how Robert Louis Stevenson described the scene in 1882.
Join us for a historical tour of Nob Hill, with an option for lunch at the conclusion of our historic walk
For more than a century San Franciscoâ€™s Nob Hill has been associated with the upper crust, the beau monde, la dolce vita. The name refers to its earliest settlers. Nob, as faithful fans of â€śThe Jewel in the Crownâ€ť know, is a contraction of the Hindu word nabob or nawwab: â€śA person, esp. a European, who has made a large fortune in India or another country of the East; a very wealthy or powerful person.
San Franciscoâ€™s nobs made their fortunes in the West in the mid-1800s
in gold, silver and the Central Pacific Railroad. Lowlanders stared in awe at
the palaces of the Big 4 and the Bonanza Kings. After the destruction
of the 1906 Earthquake and FIre, the hill rose from complete devastation to
showcase the most exclusive hotels in the City. Nob Hill is still an affluent
district, home to many of the city's upper-class families as well as
a large young urban professional population, and a growing Chinese
immigrant population from Chinatown to the east.
Near the cable car stop at the intersection of California and Powell streets are the locations of its four well-known and most expensive hotels: the Fairmont Hotel, the Mark Hopkins Hotel, the Stanford Court, and the Huntington Hotel. Interestingly, they represent also three names out of The Big Four (i.e. Stanford, Hopkins& Huntington; Charles Crocker, alas, only has a garage named after him in the neighborhood). The Fairmont is also named for a San Francisco tycoon, James G. Fair. The Pacific Union club is the former James Clair Flood Mansion. Opposite the Fairmont Hotel and Pacific Union Club is Grace Cathedral, one of the city's largest houses of worship. The state Masonic Temple is also located across from the church.
Our tour will start in front of the free Cable Car Museum
at 1201 Mason.
This is the perfect place to start our tour as without the invention of the Cable Car,
the majesty of Nob Hill, past and present, would never have developed...
We will then begin walking through Nob Hill.
Sights we will view and discuss along the way include:
Majestic Grace Cathedral, former sight of the Crocker mansion and the infamous Spite Fence
Serene and Peaceful Huntington Park, previously home of the Huntington Mansion
The Spectacular Mark Hopkins Hotel, home of the legendary Top of the Mark
The Luxurious Stanford Court Hotel, former site of the mansion of Leland Stanford
The Unparalleled Fairmont Hotel, where you'll find the Tonga Room, The Venetian Room, and The Laurel Court Restaurant
The Elegant Huntington Hotel, home of the Big Four Restaurant and the Nob Hill Spa
The landmark Ritz Carlton stretches 17 columns of neo-classical grandeur
The Brockleback Apartments, Stately yet elegant
Pacific Union Club, once the home of Silver Barron James Clair Flood
Hallidie's invention and first ride of the Cable Car
The building of the Transcontinental Railroad
The founding of Stanford University
The Great Diamond Hoax
Charlie Crocker's Spite Fence
The devastation of the earthquake and fire of 1906
The personal and public scandals and blatant corruption of the wealthiest of the wealthy: The Railroad Barons and the even wealthier Bonanza Kings.
The Fairmont jumpstarts Julia Morgan's career
This is a easy walk from the Cable Car museum. You will have plenty time to take pictures. The views of the bay are wonderful, so bring yourcameras.
What:Explore Nob Hill
When: Saturday at 11:00AM
Price $40.00, WIth Lunch:$65.00
Duration Approximately 2 Hours
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