"The Gold Rush Trail - An Outdoor Museum of San Francisco History"
Financial District
Montgomery to Battery, Bush to Sacramento

22. The Pacific Coast Stock Exchange and its granite statuary have been long-time fixtures on Pine/Sansome, a block from the trail at Bush. It awaits a new use.

23. On Bush above Sansome is the block-long Mills Building (Burnham and Root, 1892), with its Mills Tower (Willis Polk, 1907). The lobby is the site of ongoing exhibits, such as art by school children of the City. Here, in the 1870s, the Suffrage Movement set its platform.

24. The Merchants Exchange (Willis Polk, 1903), with the Julia Morgan facade from 1910, is memorable for its magnificent interiors, recreated after the 1906 fire gutted the building. See the ceiling art of 19th century ships in the bank, off the lobby.

25. Bank of America's striking International Headquarters Building, across Montgomery, is the site of the 1848 home of William Leidesdorff (Alcalde of Yerba Buena when the name of the city was changed to San Francisco). Across Pine from the Bank is The Russ Building (George Kelham, 1928), site of the Russ House of 1862. Nearby was Mark Twain's favorite, the 1860s Occidental Hotel (Sutter and Montgomery).

26. The Wells Fargo Museum may be entered from either side of the corner of Montgomery and California, which was the 1852 site of this financial institution epitomizing the American West. The authentic stage coach here is just the beginning of the wonders of this collection. Next door on Montgomery is the site of the 1870 Women's Cooperative Printing Union.

27. Union Bank of California (1864, tower by Ashen & Allen, 1967) is a classic 'temple' interior. The Museum in basement, "Money of the American West", offers a rich display of Gold Rush and later artifacts, including a collection of gold nuggets. On California past Leidesdorff is a plaque memorializing the Alaska Commercial Building, with Walrus icons on each side.

28. Leidesdorff alley between California and Sacramento is now a pedestrian way, and near its Sacramento end are two plaques, commemorating What Cheer House (1852) and William A. Leidesdorff. The former was a temperance hotel; the latter a prominent African-American alcalde of pre-Gold Rush days.

29. The Old Federal Reserve (Kelham, 1924) has fine public spaces to be entered on either Sansome or Battery.

30. Public spaces in this area are little used for lack of publicity. 343 Sansome, with entry on the Sacramento Street side, is set aside as a park for visitor on the 14th floor--a fine rest stop with the atmosphere of the financial district all around.

31. To the north of Embarcadero Center is Maritime Plaza. This inner-city resource stretches from One Embarcadero Center to Washington Street. Across from it is the site of the General Harrison, whose hull was uncovered in 2001 when excavations were made for the the foundations of a new office building. In a smaller park in the shadow of Embarcadero Center across Clay Street is a monument to the Centennial of relations between the United States and the Korean People.

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