Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco  is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama- Pacific Exposition 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. It was rebuilt in 1965, and renovation of the lagoon, walkways, and a seismic retrofit were completed in early 2009.

It  is a favorite location for weddings and wedding party photographs for Bay Area wedding couples and such an icon that a miniature replica of it was built in Disney’s California Adventure, next door to Disneyland in Anaheim California.

Built around a small artificial lagoon, The Palace of Fine Arts is composed of a wide, 1100 foot pergola, an arch formed by rows of Corinthian columns framing a wide walkway, around a central rotunda situated by the water. The lagoon was intended to echo those found in classical settings in Europe, where the expanse of water provides a mirror surface to reflect the grand buildings and an undisturbed vista to appreciate them from a distance.


Galleries: San Francisco. Tags: architecture, photo, and theatre.