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Jackson Square, San Francisco

Jackson Square is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California, bounded by Broadway, Washington St. on the south, Columbus Ave. on the west and Battery St. on the east with any number of nearby satellite buildings and residents outside the bounds that truly belong to the neighborhood.
Jackson Square encompasses the northeastern part of the former Barbary Coast. Built largely during the mid-late 1800's, its unique collection of Gold Rush-era architecture and quaint tree-lined streets make it one of San Francisco's oldest established historic districts. The district contains the sole surviving buildings of the early central business district of San Francisco. They are the only physical reminders of the city's beginnings as a great port and mercantile center. During the 1850's this newly filled area which directly adjoined the piers to the east was populated by merchants, banks, places of entertainment, professional and government offices, and assembly halls.
Jackson Square Historic District retains its character as one of the oldest commercial neighborhoods in San Francisco. Though in some cases extensively altered during seismic retrofit, the collection of brick and ornate buildings found on the narrow streets and alleys offer a rare glimpse into the California Gold Rush that gave San Francisco its start. Buildings on Jackson between Montgomery and Sansome retain cast iron shutters as protection against fire, but when the city burned, in one case, a warehouse's contents turned out to be more significant in saving the building in the 1906 earthquake and fire:
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  • Jackson Square is on the waterfront next to the Oakland Pier. Great area for walking, shopping and eating. Consider an excursion on the water up the bay to the Bay Bridge and back which is about 2 hou...  more »
  • I went to 5/2018. Is registered as a historic thought at first is the square of the Jackson Square, Hamilton says. Fashionable practice areas older buildings withstood the earthquake struck San Francisco in the 1800s in an old brick building that has become the spot for restaurants and cafes. Where is the area on the north side of the Transamerica Pyramid.
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