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Jackson Square, San Francisco

Jackson Square is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California, bounded by Broadway, Washington St. on the south, Columbus Ave. on the west and Battery St. on the east with any number of nearby satellite buildings and residents outside the bounds that truly belong to the neighborhood.
Jackson Square encompasses the northeastern part of the former Barbary Coast. Built largely during the mid-late 1800's, its unique collection of Gold Rush-era architecture and quaint tree-lined streets make it one of San Francisco's oldest established historic districts. The district contains the sole surviving buildings of the early central business district of San Francisco. They are the only physical reminders of the city's beginnings as a great port and mercantile center. During the 1850's this newly filled area which directly adjoined the piers to the east was populated by merchants, banks, places of entertainment, professional and government offices, and assembly halls.
Jackson Square Historic District retains its character as one of the oldest commercial neighborhoods in San Francisco. Though in some cases extensively altered during seismic retrofit, the collection of brick and ornate buildings found on the narrow streets and alleys offer a rare glimpse into the California Gold Rush that gave San Francisco its start. Buildings on Jackson between Montgomery and Sansome retain cast iron shutters as protection against fire, but when the city burned, in one case, a warehouse's contents turned out to be more significant in saving the building in the 1906 earthquake and fire:
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  • I walked through Jackson Square area enjoying seeing the many historic buildings there. Jackson Square is located between Montgomery and Sansome Avenue. Several of the buildings are 19th century...  more »
  • Known for the TransAmerica building. It is are to shop for fine furniture and fine art. Just adjacent to the Financial district.  more »

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