Secret Roof Tops & Gardens: The Best POPOS in SOMA (Privately Owned Public Open Spaces)

San Francisco, CA

  • A sundial on the roof of the Crocker Galleria.
  • "The Pequod Meets the Delight" by Frank Stella.
  • Part painting, part sculpture.  "Shards III" by Frank Stella.
  • Larry Bell's "stick figure" sculpture.
  • Charles Arnoldi's colorful painting.
  • "Moonrise Sculptures" and "Human Structures (San Francisco)"
  • Looking up from the middle of "Human Structures (San Francisco)" by Jonathan Borofsky.
  • Head up the stairs to the rooftop garden
  • Plenty of seating and open space.
  • The 1 Sansome St Courtyard.
  • A close up of "Star Girl" by Alexander Stirling Calder.
  • The cavernous and empty sanctuary.
  • The naked side of the Hobart Building.
  • Enter the Crocker Galleria.
  • The mansard roof on the roof of 1 Kearny.
  • A view looking south.

1 hour and 30 minutes
1.2 mi
Guided by Jason

By law, new high rise offices in San Francisco need to designate a certain amount of space to be available to the public. Many are weak executions that aim to do the least amount required, but others are surprisingly delightful: hidden rooftops, secluded gardens and secret lobbies. Come explore the best and most exclusive hidden spots and views of SOMA and Market Street. These are the Publicly Owned Public Open Spaces (POPOS) that even the locals don't know about.

About Your Guide
I am all about exploring local history, architecture, food and art to learn about how places came to be. You can find me in search of hidden places, the best dim sum, secret speakeasies, skyline vistas and other ingredients to build the perfect day.

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Guide Points
  1. LinkedIn Building Lobby
  2. 101 2nd St
  3. 555 Mission Street Plaza
  4. 100 1st Street Rooftop Garden
  5. Citigroup Center
  6. KPMG Building
  7. Crocker Galleria East
  8. Sun Terrace

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