“Union Square” refers to the public plaza bordered by Powell, Post, Stockton and
Geary Streets, as well as the upscale shopping district that surrounds it.
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THREE DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS
At the beginning of the 20th century, Union Square was essentially a huge lawn, divided
up by curving walkways.
By the 1940s, it had a decidedly rectangular look, as well as an underground parking
In the early 2000s, almost all of the grass was paved over, leaving vegetation only
at the outer edges of the plaza.
It runs under Stockton Street between Sutter and Sacramento. When you come out the
other end, you’re in Chinatown.
THE DEWEY MONUMENT
The column in the center of Union Square honors Admiral George Dewey and his victories
during the Spanish-American War.
Atop the column is “Victory,” sculpted by Robert Ingersoll Aitken.
HERE THERE BE DRAGONS
Actually, it’s Macy’s, all decorated for Chinese New Year.
THE ST. FRANCIS HOTEL
Over a century or so, it took over the entire block.
ALIENS WALK AMONG US
Hey, they like to shop, too.
After midnight, they all come to life.
Featuring the Xanadu Gallery, the only Frank Lloyd Wright building in San Francisco.
Or possibly the warp core of the Starship Enterprise. I don’t remember which.
Home of the American Conservatory Theater company.
What could be cooler than a melancholy sax providing a soundtrack to the night?
UNION SQUARE GALLERY MARKET
Gotta love the neon!
Bearing the name of the onetime-manager of the San Francisco Seals baseball team
(before the Giants came to town), it’s filled with authentic sports memorabilia.
THE DASHIELL HAMMETT SUITE
Located in the Hotel Union Square, it’s “the stuff that dreams are made of.”