National Trust Guide:
San Francisco. America’s Guide for Architecture and History Travelers
Published in 2000, this unique guide to San Francisco combines a history of the city and the evolution of its architectural styles with detailed information about hundreds of buildings including construction date, architect, and their significance. There are chapters covering more than two dozen neighborhoods with histories of each neighborhood, maps for walking tours, and numerous illustrations. The author argues that over time there has been a discernible connection between real estate development schemes, the city’s political leaders, and architectural styles. Wiley describes how the city has changed from gold rush boom town to Victorian city to self-styled corporate headquarters of the Pacific Basin to dotcom mecca.