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  • Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

    written by kdstevens on 2011-02-27 #places
    Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

    The Palace of Fine Arts was constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition to house the works of fine arts exhibits. It was a temporary structure made of plaster and burlap and was meant to be torn down after the Exposition along with the other temporary structures, but it was so beloved that a committee was formed immediately for its preservation and with their efforts, saved it from destruction. Today, after extensive renovations, one can appreciate the grace and beauty of the structure with its iconic golden domed rotunda reflected in the surrounding pool, the rows of Corinthian columns flanking it, and the Ancient Greek and Roman inspired architecture and sculpture.