50 UN Plaza Tour & Reception

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 4:15pm
LOCATION: 50 UN Plaza, San Francisco Civic Center and UC Hastings Sky Room

Please join us
For an exclusive members only tour of
The architectural legacy of
Arthur Brown, Jr.
50 United Nations Plaza

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
4:30 p.m. Tour
5:45 p.m. Reception at UC Hasting's Sky Room

Architect Arthur Brown, Jr., a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, is the architect to whom we owe our gratitude for the beauty of our civic center. San Francisco's devastating 1906 earthquake instigated a plan to consolidate government buildings in a central location. The last building completed for the San Francisco Civic Center, the Federal Building, was a critical component of the seven building complex that included government buildings, city library, the Opera House and Veterans Building, along with City Hall, his 1915 Beaux-Arts architectural masterpiece.  The Civic Center design incorporates City Beautiful planning, a concept that relies on Beaux-Arts design principles and classically inspired, monumental architecture.

An excellent example of Second Renaissance Revival architecture, the Federal Building was constructed between 1934 and 1936. The building lasted 74 years without a major renovation and survived the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, the building received funding under the American recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The renovation and restoration of the Federal Building, completed in 2013, is the new home of the U.S. General Services Administration's regional headquarters for the Pacific Rim Region.  San Francisco's Civic Center is one of the nation's most successful examples of the City Beautiful movement.

Join the ICAA for an exclusive members only tour of this non-public National Historic Landmark. Highlights include the grand and richly detailed entrance vestibule and first floor lobby, the Nimitz Suite, former Board Room for the U.S. Navy, and the former Naval Commandant's suite. We will tour the 20,000 sq. ft. interior courtyard, designed by artist Cliff Garten, as a landscape sculpture for the Art and Architecture Program of the GSA. Members will also have the opportunity to view art work and paintings of the W.P.A. era and visit the "Living Roof" - home to more than 30 different plants that provide a safe haven for bird, butterfly, and insect populations.

We will conclude our tour with a wine reception in the Art Deco-styled "Sky Room" on the 24th floor of the UC Hastings College of Law building.


$50 Tour & Sky Room Reception
~ Guests must be members of the ICAA to attend ~

Meet in lobby of 50 UN Plaza at 4:15 p.m.
Tour starts promptly at 4:30 p.m.
Must have government issued I.D. to enter building
Must enter through metal detector for security screening
No oversize bags

Wine reception following tour in the
UC Hastings Sky Room
24th Floor of the McAllister Tower
100 McAllister Streetat Leavenworth