Embarcadero Center as Urban Shopping Mall


Commercial St & Sansome St
San Francisco, CA
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John Portman’s Embarcadero Center in San Francisco is the city’s most compelling (and sometimes confusing) example of interior urbanism. Designed as a ‘city within a city’ connected by landscaped plazas dotted with massive public artworks, the Embarcadero Center is, in part, suburban shopping malls. This five-block complex has a three-story hive of public and private activity including retail, entertainment, dining, and the other services, terminating in a dramatic atrium hotel lobby.

Join Docomomo US/Northern California to explore this megastructure within the context of 20th century retail trends and Late Modernist architecture and urbanism. The tour will be led by Hannah Simonson, Architectural Historian and Docomomo US/NOCA Chapter President. 

Advance registration required 

Free for Docomomo US members / $20 nonmembers

This tour is SOLD OUT but please join the waiting list so that the event organizers can gauge interest in adding a second run of the tour. 

This event is part of Docomomo US Tour Day 2022.

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