Monday, March 23, 2009

Jackson Square: Where Art and Architecture Integrate

For those unfamiliar with the Historic Jackson Square District, it is roughly bounded by Broadway, Sansome Street , Washington Street, and Columbus Avenue in San Francisco. The historical districts often challenge the public to expand its understanding of the integration of architecture, art, and urban development. Indeed, Jackson Square provides the perfect environment for such contemplation.

It remains a mystery as to how so many San Franciscans remain unaware of this historic district. Jackson Square is the most important integration of art and architecture in San Francisco, providing its guests with bas-relief buildings, showcasing the cities finest art and antique dealers. Approximately two dozen dealers are open for retail or to the trade. From American and European fine art and furnishings, to Asian carpets and vintage posters, every store has a specialty, and all are appointed like small museums.

For anyone drawn to the allure of European cities, romanced by their nostalgic architecture, Jackson Square is sure to please. The 19th century architecture faces tree lined streets and quiet alleys. The evocation of time and history is aroused by the fact that these buildings survived the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, as well at the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Although, a historic presence is undeniable, its contemporary setting is perhaps equally as engaging. Indeed, Jackson Square's proximity to the financial district enables a backdrop of high-rises, most notably of the Transamerica building.

Quite simply, Jackson Square offers world-class art and antiques, in a setting that warrants a special trip. Spend the whole day indulging your senses and conclude with a gourmet meal at one of Jackson Square ’s award-winning restaurants. No matter what your sphere of interest might be, Jackson Square offers collectors luxurious sophistication.

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