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The Mid-Century City: Modernism on Cathedral Hill [Walking Tour]

  • St. Mary's Cathedral Plaza 1111 Gough Street San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States (map)
Historic photo of Cathedral Hill in San Francisco showing St Mary’s Cathedral

Mid-Century City: Modernism on Cathedral Hill — A walking tour of Modern architecture, landscape, and planning around San Francisco’s Cathedral Hill and Western Addition neighborhoods as part of the annual Docomomo US Tour Day.


The Western Addition and Cathedral Hill first opened to development in the 1870s and 80s, quickly filling with the urban middle-class housing of the era. Once a center of Asian-American culture, after the events of World War II, the neighborhood became an African-American enclave. By the 1950s the same housing had been deemed substandard, making the area a prime candidate for urban renewal, leaving many of the African-American residents facing eviction. Please join the DOCOMOMO US Northern California Chapter as we tour Cathedral Hill to discuss some of the history that contributed to a modern design in the heart of a Victorian city.