Mansions of Nob Hill: The Robber Barons and the Stories Behind the Money

San Francisco, CA

  • Looking up at the Mark Hopkins from the south.
  • The Fountain of the Turtles, which is said to be, "the most beautiful and perfect fountain in Rome."
  • Collis P. Huntington
  • James Clair Flood
  • The stately PU Club brown house.
  • The front facade of the Fairmont Hotel, with state flags representing the signatories of the United Nations charter.
  • James Graham Fair
  • Leland Stanford
  • The Stanford Mansion.
  • Mark Hopkins
  • The Mark Hopkins Mansion.
  • Political cartoon depicts "Mr. Crocker's Kindergarten" with the tycoon teaching the letters that spell "railroad monopoly."
  • Charles Crocker
  • Emile Norman's stained glass window made from metal, fabric, shells, foliage,  stained glass and soil and gravel from all 58 counties of the state.
  • Representatives of the US Armed Services depicted on the exterior facade.
  • A view from the steps leading to Grace Cathedral.
  • The Gates of Paradise.
  • Yoga in the Labyrinth.
  • The Rose Window above the eastern entrance.
  • The Cable Car Museum doubles as the engine room of the entire cable car system.
  • The wheels pulling the Hyde, California and Mason St lines.

2 hours
0.9 mi
Guided by Jason

After the gold rush, the real fortunes in San Francisco were to be made by developing the railroad network of the west. The captains of the train industry built their homes above the city and port on the posh peak of Nob Hill. On this walk, we will explore the stories of six key residents of Nob Hill, and the stately neighborhood they called home.

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.

Get Sidewalk

Guide Points
  1. Collis P. Huntington Park
  2. Pacific-Union Club
  3. The Fairmont Hotel
  4. Stanford Court Hotel
  5. Mark Hopkins InterContinental
  6. Crocker Parking Garage
  7. Nob Hill Masonic Center (aka The Masonic)
  8. Grace Cathedral Exterior
  9. Grace Cathedral Interior
  10. Cable Car Museum

About Sidewalk
Sidewalk is an app that provides free, guided walk experiences that can be created by anyone with stories to share about places they know and love.

The app navigates people through a neighborhood walk using GPS turn-by-turn directions, rich imagery and storytelling.