Many Bay Area residents only know San Francisco’s Financial District from afar, a cluster of towers north of Market Street with a pyramid popping out. But the onetime “Wall Street of the West” offers a crash course on 20th century architectural styles, with surprises that range from glorious to grotesque.
Like the unicorn and lion doing battle, each creature carved from marble. The 20-story tower sitting atop two classical banks. Redwoods clustered below a concrete skyscraper, and angelic cherubs that survived the 1906 earthquake.