Collection by Aaron Britt

Cityscapes: SF's Buildings


The San Francisco Chronicle boasts one of our nation's best architecture critics in John King. We happy citizens of the City by the Bay look out for his column in each Tuesday's paper, though his short addition to the Sunday edition—CItyscapes—is often just as rewarding. Heyday Books in Berkeley, California, has seen fit to print a pocket-sized edition of the best of those short pieces aptly titled Cityscapes: San Francisco and Its Buildings. Here we get 50 doses of the wit, wonder, and historical accumen King distills each week for the paper. The avid city-walker turns his attentions to iconic structures like the Transamerica Pyramid and neighborhood treasures such as Pacifc Primary School with equal aplomb. Call it a guidebook for locals, Cityscapes takes in the great breadth of San Francisco's built landscape and in it finds joy, beauty, and the great dynamic thrum that marks one of the world's most vital cities.

The inclusion of the Lakeside Medical Center, an off-the-beaten track structure marked by its "streamlined exclamation...
King scored a small coup recently when he held the release party for Cityscapes in the lobby of the indefinitely closed...
Home to Francis Ford Coppola's HQ, and a solid pizzeria downstairs, the Sentinel Building is typically upstaged by the...
Here's an overlooked modernist gem just around the corner from the Dwell office. 675 California Street by A.E. Waegeman.
King aptly names this modern-meets-deco brick school in the Inner Richmond as a building to note.
No one to shy away from a bit of infrastructure, King shows us the brutalist beauty of the Glen Park BART station.