San Francisco Ferry Building
The Ferry Building after the Quake of 1906.
Backstory and Context
The building originally opened in 1898, replacing its wooden predecessor. The structure was so well-built that it survived both the 1906 and the 1989 earthquakes with little damage. Until the completion of the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s, the Ferry Building was the second busiest transit terminal in the world, second only to London's Charing Cross Station.
After the bridges were constructed, ferry use declined instantly and the building began to deteriorate. It wasn't until March 2003 that the building reopened after an extensive four-year restoration. The Ferry Building Marketplace -- a world class public food market -- is organized along a dramatic indoor street, the Nave. Today, ferry terminals operate at Larkspur, Sausalito, Vallejo, and Alameda with plans for continuing network improvements and expansion.
About. Ferry Building Marketplace. Accessed May 21, 2017. https://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/about/.
Bevk, Alex. Then & Now: The History of the Ferry Building. SF Curbed. May 25, 2012. Accessed May 21, 2017. https://sf.curbed.com/2012/5/25/10367670/then-now-the-history-of-the-ferry-building.