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.
Worth a visit is the Cable Car Museum
at 1201 Mason.
This is the perfect place to understand Nob Hill, because without the
Cable Car,the majesty of Nob Hill, past and present, would never have developed...
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. Former site of Hopkins
incredible mansion that became the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art
*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 and elegant, was used in the movie "Vertigo"
*Pacific Union Club, once the home of Silver Barron James Clair Flood, is the only surviving mansion, all the rest were destroyed in 1906
*See where the parents of Patty Hearst weathered her kidnapping
Explore Nob Hill (optional lunch)
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
Mary Hopkins marries her first cousin and builds a dream mansion to live in with her gay lover.
Secrets of the Masonic Temple
Secrets of Grace Cathedral
Sorry but the Fairmont no longer allows tour groups on site
You will have plenty time to take pictures. The city views and the views of the bay are wonderful, so bring your camera.
What:Explore Nob Hill
When: Saturday at 11:00AM
Price $40.00, WIth Lunch:$75.00
Duration Approximately 2 Hours
More Information and Reservations: 415.504.3636
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