Sacred Precinct

"San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality" – Paul Kantner

666 Post St. “The Devil’s Tower”

The Crown Towers Apartment building on Post Street manages to command one’s attention by it’s striking blood red color alone, but this color choice also tends to raise a few eyebrows when viewed in context with the address: 666 Post St. This has led to the Crown Towers being alternately referred to as “The Devil’s Tower,” but rest assured, the uncanny number and color symbolism was accidental, and any connection to Satan is purely in the mind of the beholder.

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The Sacred Number 49

The number 49 is found all over San Francisco, which is seven miles by seven miles, or 49 square miles. San Francisco was born during the Gold Rush of 1849, and her first wave of immigrants are known as “49’ers.” San Francisco’s football team, which is named after these pioneers, joined the NFL in 1949. The highway which runs through Gold Country is Highway 49, and the most famous route through San Francisco is the 49 mile scenic drive. San Francisco’s symbol, the phoenix, rises from the ashes “seven times seven,” or 49 times. San Francisco’s founding Mission Church is devoted to “Our Lady of Seven Sorrows,” whose rosary has 49 beads.

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A Higher Calling: 140 New Montgomery

Commissioned in 1924 in order to consolidate several smaller buildings into one main headquarters for the then newly formed Bell System, (now AT&T) the skyscraper at 140 New Montgomery Street in San Francisco, was designed according to the basic architectural principles of a Buddhist temple-monastery.

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Shrine of St. Jude: Patron Saint of Hopeless Cases

Located inside St. Dominic’s church in San Francisco, is a shrine that contains a holy relic of St. Jude of Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless cases and impossible dreams.

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The Lady Isis in Bohemia

Enshrined within a glass case inside the Bohemian Club, is the ancient mummy of an Egyptian princess, a high priestess in the Temple of Amon-Ra in Thebes, known affectionately as “Lady Isis.”

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450 Sutter – The Temple of Doom

Specifically designed to house dentist offices, Four-Fifty Sutter is alternately referred to by locals as “The Tower of Terror,” “The House of Pain,” Four-Fifty “Suffer” and “The Temple of Doom.” Many have pondered the meaning of the building’s mystical Mayan symbolism, but their curiosity was never quite satisfied…until now.

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Gateway City

Due to its geopolitical location, San Francisco is known as the “Gateway City.” It is commonly referred to as the “Gateway to the West,” the “Gate of the Pacific,” the “Gateway to the Orient” and the “City of the Golden Gate.” John C. Fremont, who named the Golden Gate, referred to it as “that great passage and union between hemispheres.”

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The Story of a Lost Race

In 1897, San Francisco journalist Frona Wait Colburn, published her first work of fiction, “The Dorado,” in which she imagines that the lost race of Atlantis once inhabited San Francisco 11,000 years ago. In her mythical ancient capital city of “Tlamco,” the seven hills of San Francisco were carefully constructed to precisely mark the orbits and diameters of the planets, as well as map out the seven stars of the Pleiades, and align with the three stars of Orion’s belt.

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Built at the Behest of Spirits

The Hayward Building at 400 Montgomery Street was built at the behest, and some say, with the financial backing, of the Spirit World. The Hayward Building was commissioned by Alvinza Hayward at the request of the spirits, whose previous advice had led him to the richest gold vein in the country. The medium who communicated this information from the Spirit World was given an $80,000 finders fee. To repay the spirits for their guidance and support, Hayward was asked to use his winnings to build the largest skyscraper in the City of San Francisco.

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