An Architectural Tour of San Francisco

by Rakks | May 7th, 2012

At Rakks, we appreciate unique and innovative architecture. For years, our shelving systems and specialty products have played a supporting role in many projects by high-profile designers and architects . Much of our inspiration comes from the world around us, and we don’t have to go far to witness spectacular design! One of our favorite cities is San Francisco – where modern and traditional aspects of architecture are seamlessly intertwined. Come along with us as we visit some of the architectural highlights that San Fran has to offer!


~ Palace of Fine Arts ~

Although originally built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Art Exhibition, the Palace (designed by architect Bernard Maybeck) was rebuilt in 1965 and is now a popular setting for weddings and tourists. Surrounding the rotunda are massive Corinthian columns which, along with the entire collection of structures, reflect off of the European-inspired lagoon.

Palace of Fine Arts

Palace Dome


~ Conservatory of Flowers ~

An elaborate Victorian-era greenhouse, the Conservatory stands 60 feet tall at the peak of its dome. According to the National Registry of Historical Places it is the oldest building in the Golden Gate Park, having been built in 1875.

Conservatory of Flowers
Photo by Wikipedia user “WolfmanSF”

Conservatory of Flowers Dome
Photo by J. Ash Bowie


~ Lombard Street ~

Built in 1922 to lessen the steep grade of Russian Hill, this section of Lombard Street is affectionately known as “The Crookedest Street in the World”. Tastefully placed Hydrangeas and beautiful houses save the detour from becoming an eye sore.



~ Painted Ladies ~

According to Wikipedia, the term “Painted Ladies” refers to “Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details.” About 48,000 houses of this style were built from 1849 to 1915 – launching the craze that on its own continues to draw tourism to San Francisco to this day. As you can see, Painted Lady owners take great pride in their homes and keep them in exquisite condition.

Painted Ladies Alamo Square
Photo by Bernard Gagnon

Haught Ashbury
Photo by Wikipedia user “Urban”


Rakks is proud to be part of such a rich, culturally inspired community. Many San Francisco businesses, museums and homes choose Rakks as their partner for modern, high-quality shelving and bracket accessories.


The tour isn’t over, let’s visit some of our favorite clients in the San Francisco area:


~ Asian Art Museum of San Francisco ~

This museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world, housing about 17,000 pieces. Rakks shelving is incorporated throughout the museum’s tasteful gift shop.

Asian Art 1

asian art 4


~ Zinc Details ~

A seller of modern furniture, lighting and design, Zinc Details is located on 1905 Fillmore Street. Owner Vasilios “Vas” Kiniris and his wife Wendy have owned ZD for over 20 years, and flaunt an exuberant mix of art, design and craft that is expertly curated from sources around the globe. Instead of explaining how they use Rakks, let’s take a tour of their store!


~ Minimal ~

Minimal, located at 364 Hayes Street, carries European kitchen and home wares, as well as jewelry and accessories. Rakks shelving lines the walls in support of their one-of-a-kind items.

Minimal Store SF - PC2 and Glass 1

Minimal Store SF - PC2 and Glass 2


We hope you enjoyed our architectural tour of San Francisco. If you’ve seen any Rakks products you would like in your next architectural or design project, please contact us and we’d be happy to work with you. Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.

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