City Hall and Veterans Building Tour
On December 6, 20 enthusiastic guides toured City Hall and the Herbst Theater in the Veteran's Building across Van Ness Avenue.
The first phase covered the logistics of doing a tour in City Hall, including the location of interesting photos, statues and busts of former mayors, and a description and discussion of the base isolation systems for earthquake protection.
Sharon at the Veterans building gave us a wonderful, if short, tour of the Herbst Theatre and a view of the spectacular murals from the 1915 PPIE,
Then it was back to City Hall. City Hall Historian, and docent leader, Ellen Schumer, presented in her delightfully unique fashion many of the interesting details of City Hall and it's history.
There will be a sequel to this tour in the spring. It will cover Symphony Hall, Opera House, the War Memorial and the Veterans Building in greater detail. Stay tuned for more info.