Explore one of San Francisco’s 44 hills, and one of its original “Seven Hills”. Because of great views and its central position, Nob Hill became an exclusive enclave of the rich and famous on the west coast who built large mansions in the neighborhood. This included prominent tycoons such as Leland Stanford, and other members of the Big Four. Highlights include the history of four landmark hotels: The Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Stanford Court, and Huntington Hotel.Read more »
Zubair Jandali, Member, Northern California Chapter, Syrian American Council; Head of Mobile App Developer Sales, Google; Graduate, UC Berkeley, B.S., Business Administration Fred H. Lawson, Ph.D., Professor of Government, Mills College Tareq Al Samman, Graphic Artist/Web Designer; Syrian activist Read more »
Join another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Explore vibrant North Beach with Rick Evans during a two-hour walk through this neighborhood with a colorful past, where food, culture, history and unexpected views all intersect in an Italian “urban village.” In addition to learning about Beat generation hangouts, you’ll discover authentic Italian cathedrals and coffee shops.
Explore San Francisco’s Financial District with historian Rick Evans and learn the history and stories behind some of our city’s remarkable structures, streets, and public squares. Hear about the famous architects that influenced the building of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake. Discover hard-to-find rooftop gardens, Art Deco lobbies, unique open spaces, and historic landmarks. This is a tour for locals, with hidden gems you can only find on foot!
Mark Halperin, Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst, Time; Co-author, Double Down: Game Change 2012; Twitter: @MarkHalperin John Heilemann, National Political Correspondent and Columnist, New York Magazine; Co-author, Double Down: Game Change 2012; Twitter: @jheil Melissa Griffin Caen, Political Analyst, "Mornings with Melissa," CBS SF; Political Writer, San Francisco Magazine; Attorney — Moderator; Twitter @melgriffincaenRead more »