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SF Armory, San Francisco

#28 of 49 in Historic Sites in San Francisco
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The San Francisco Armory, also known as the San Francisco National Guard Armory and Arsenal or simply The Armory, is a historic building in the Mission District of San Francisco, California.
The building was constructed as an armory and arsenal for the United States National Guard in 1912–1914 and designed with a castle-like appearance in a Moorish Revival style. The Armory was built on part of the site of Woodward's Gardens (1866–1891), a zoo, aquarium, art museum, and amusement park which covered two city blocks, bounded by Mission, Valencia, 13th, and 15th Streets. The structure was built as a replacement for the old San Francisco Armory in the Western Addition, which had been destroyed by the 1906 earthquake. In addition to its role as an armory and arsenal, during the 1920s, it served as a venue for sporting events, such as prizefights.
The Armory served as a stronghold and rallying point for the National Guard in their suppression of the 1934 San Francisco General Strike (an event known as "Bloody Thursday"). The building closed as an armory in 1976, when the National Guard moved its facilities to Fort Funston.
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  • The bar kitty corner to the Armory building is a real fun bar. The beer on tap is only $5. The Arnory Club is really affordable in terms of drink prices. Cocktails are around $10. Other bars in...  more »
  • If you are in the neighborhood, it is worth a stroll by to check out the San Francisco Armory. The building was constructed in the early 1900s and designed with a castle-like appearance in a Moorish....  more »
  • I love this place. When I worked closer, I went weekly. It still feels so welcoming to me. Sometimes they don't have enough bartenders to meet the demand of the patrons, but that's just because it's busy and popular. Love the decor, too!
  • Love the Armory? The club across the road is a lovely reminder of the classy debauchery once had inside those venerable walls. Great bar with heavy pours and a fun comedy night downstairs.

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