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Ruth Asawa's San Francisco fountain in Union Square.
San Francisco, California

Ruth Asawa’s San Francisco Fountain

Created in 1972, the famous sculptor's intricately detailed monument to San Francisco is overflowing with city landmarks.
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Rincon Center Murals
San Francisco, California

Rincon Center Murals

These WWII-era murals were initially booed as a libelous portrayal of the American dream but have survived multiple attempts to have them destroyed.
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Pacific Basin Fountain shortly before demolition, 1994. This photo was taken by a professional photographer
San Francisco, California

Pacific Basin Fountain on Treasure Island

Masterful ceramic fountain and map of the Pacific Basin.
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The Westin St. Francis Hotel. (Wikimedia Commons)
San Francisco, California

Westin St. Francis Hotel

Only hotel where you can legally launder money.
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San Francisco, California

Admission Day Monument Octopuses

A pair of mutilated bronze octopuses slump at the base of the monument honoring California's admission to the U.S.
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San Francisco, California

Stern of the Niantic

The only visible piece of San Francisco's most famous shipwreck.
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Bas relief owl and inscribed motto at the Club's entrance.
San Francisco, California

Bohemian Club

Longtime headquarters of controversial boys' club for the world's wealthiest and most powerful.
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Vallaincourt Fountain
San Francisco, California

Vaillancourt Fountain

This concrete tangle of square pipes has stood as a proud thorn in the city's side since the '70s.
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They were built in 1979.
San Francisco, California

Winfield Street Slides

A pair of slides and a tree-lined stair corridor have been an urban oasis for nearly 40 years.
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The Tonga Room's pool.
San Francisco, California

The Tonga Room

Tiki luxury on Nob Hill.
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San Francisco, California

The Pirate Shop at 826 Valencia

An essential stop before plundering, BYO Cutlass.
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Main entrance to the Exploratorium at Pier 15
San Francisco, California

Exploratorium

San Francisco's newly reopened hands-on science museum.
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Nepenthes pitcher plants - beautiful killers
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Carnivorous plants, medieval aphrodisiacs, and the largest original wood structure glass conservatory in the western hemisphere.
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The Wave Organ, San Francisco Bay
San Francisco, California

The Wave Organ

A huge musical instrument played by the ocean.
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The entrance of Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Shop, a precedent for the Guggenheim. (Wikimedia Commons)
San Francisco, California

V. C. Morris Gift Shop

Early prototype for Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim (Closed for the time being.).
37.7883, -122.4059
Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship at Burning Man
San Francisco, California

Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship

A rococo retro-futurist future-rustic vernacular between yesterday’s tomorrow and the future that never was.
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Cajon Pass on Route 66 (Flickr/JoulesVintage)
Hesperia, California

Summit Inn Restaurant

The last Americana on Route 66.
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James River Park Pipeline Walkway
Richmond, Virginia

James River Park Pipeline Walkway

Heron, whitewater rapids, and urban industrialism all add to the beauty of this concrete nature walk.
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Newport, Rhode Island

Touro Synagogue

Oldest synagogue in the United States.
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The Newport Tower
Newport, Rhode Island

Newport Tower

Mysterious stone tower featured in many alternative histories of the New World.
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Earthships
Tres Piedras, New Mexico

Earthships

These aggressively sustainable art homes look like something out of 1970's science fiction.
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Times Beach, Missouri
Eureka, Missouri

Times Beach, Missouri

This former small town was destroyed not by the motor oil it sprayed the ground with but by the toxic waste that was added.
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The World's Largest Amoco Sign
St. Louis, Missouri

World's Largest Amoco Sign

This titanic oil company sign is a reminder of the Americana boom of the 70's and also its commoditization.
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Site of Pruitt-Igoe today
St. Louis, Missouri

Pruitt-Igoe's Remains

An urban forest overtakes what was the greatest failure of utopic urban housing.
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