Crissy Field & the Golden Gate Bridge: October 19th.
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Schedule 2014 - 2015

Photowalk dates are tentative and could change. 


Sept 28:
 Chinatown & North Beach
Oct 19:
Golden Gate Bridge
Nov 15:
The Mission District
Dec 7: 
     Financial District
SF's Historic Coast
    Haight-Ashbury & City Hall
    Golden Gate Park

 - RAIN: If it seems very likely that it will rain on the scheduled day of the trip, an alert will be posted on the site and the trip will be held the next week.


Crissy Field & Golden Gate Bridge


Here it is...the iconic image of San Francisco, if not all of California. Luckily on this trip we will have plenty of opportunities to do our best to capture the most photographed bridge in the world. First, we'll start out at the Palace of Fine Arts, a Greek and Roman inspired building from 1915 that is now home to the Exploratorium. Then we'll walk along the beach until we get to the bridge itself, looking for good photo angles along the way.


Palace of Fine Arts

  • Originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there. One of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition, it is the only one still situated on its original site.

  • A miniature replica of it was built in Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim.

  • For a time the Palace housed a continuous art exhibit, and during the Great Depression, W.P.A. artists were commissioned to replace the deteriorated Robert Reid murals on the ceiling of the rotunda. From 1934 to 1942 the exhibition hall was home to eighteen lighted tennis courts. During World War II it was requisitioned by the Army for storage of trucks and jeeps. At the end of the war, when the United Nations was created in San Francisco, limousines used by the world's statesmen came from a motor pool there. From 1947 on the hall was put to various uses: as a city Park Department warehouse; as a telephone book distribution center; as a flag and tent storage depot; and even as temporary Fire Department headquarters.

  • Originally intended to only stand for the duration of the Exhibition, the colonnade and rotunda were not built of durable materials, by the 1950's the simulated ruin was in fact a crumbling ruin.

  • In 1964 the original Palace was completely demolished, with only the steel structure of the exhibit hall left standing.

  • In 1969 the former Exhibit Hall became home to the Exploratorium interactive museum, and in 1970 also became the home of the 1,000 seat Palace of Fine Arts Theater. The Exploratorium recently moved to the Piers, but the Wave Organ is still there!

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Golden Gate Bridge

  • The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed during the year 1937.

  • The famous International Orange color was originally used as a sealant for the bridge. Many locals persuaded Morrow to paint the bridge in the vibrant orange color instead of the standard silver or gray, and the color has been kept ever since.

  • Strauss was chief engineer in charge of overall design and construction of the bridge project. However, because he had little understanding or experience with cable-suspension designs, responsibility for much of the engineering and architecture fell on other experts. With an eye toward self-promotion and posterity, Strauss downplayed the contributions of his collaborators who, despite receiving little recognition or compensation, are largely responsible for the final form of the bridge. He succeeded in having himself credited as the person most responsible for the design and vision of the bridge. Only much later were the contributions of the others on the design team properly appreciated.

  • Construction began on January 5, 1933. The project cost more than $35 million.

  • He innovated the use of movable safety netting beneath the construction site, which saved the lives of many otherwise-unprotected steelworkers. Of eleven men killed from falls during construction, ten were killed (when the bridge was near completion) when the net failed under the stress of a scaffold that had fallen. Nineteen others who were saved by the net over the course of construction became proud members of the (informal) Halfway to Hell Club.

  • The bridge-opening celebration began on May 27, 1937 and lasted for one week. The day before vehicle traffic was allowed, 200,000 people crossed by foot and roller skate. The next day, President Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, D.C. signaling the official start of vehicle traffic over the Bridge at noon. When the celebration got out of hand, the SFPD had a small riot in the uptown Polk Gulch area. Weeks of civil and cultural activities called "the Fiesta" followed.

Golden Gate Bridge Photowalk



  • 12:30 Meet at Downtown Berkeley BART station downstairs near Peet's

  • 12:48 BART to Montgomery

  • 1:13 Arrive at Montgomery Station

  • 1:30 76X bus from Sutter & Sansome

  • 2:00 Arrive at Palace of Fine Arts, begin walk

  • 5:00 Done with walk

  • 5:24 28 bus from Golden Gate to Geary & Park Presidio

  • 5:38 38 bus to Powell St BART

  • 6:17 BART to Downtown Berkeley, arrive 6:43

  • Total Cost: $12:30

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