Westfield San Francisco Centre thowcases The City’s Architectural Heritage

25th May 2012
Westfield San Francisco Centre thowcases The City’s Architectural Heritage

Westfield San Francisco Centre is a member of the San Francisco Travel Association, the U.S. Travel Association, the National Tour Association and the Shop America Alliance. The Centre is located just 20 minutes from San Francisco International Airport on the corner of 5th & Market across from the Powell Street cable car turnaround. Public transit and valet parking are also available. Visit www.westfield.com/sanfrancisco for further details.

Centre Blends San Francisco History, Culture and Sophistication With Retail, Restaurants, and Urban Style

San Francisco, California - Visitors from around the world who step into Westfield San Francisco Centre marvel at its inspired design, effortless sophistication and world-class shopping, entertainment and dining.  Located just two blocks from famed Union Square on San Francisco’s Market Street, this iconic destination is located on the site of the historic former Emporium Department Store, a structure built in 1896 and once hailed as the “Grandest Mercantile Building in the World” with its signature Beaux-Art grand façade and elegant glass dome.

The Beaux-Art façade, designed by architect Albert Pissis, was the only part of the building to survive the 1906 earthquake and was viewed by San Franciscans as a symbol of “courage and vigor” during the city’s rebuilding. After the quake the building was reconstructed in 1908 behind the still-standing façade, but as a “much more modern and grander version of its former self.” The façade is built mostly of Colusa sandstone with a brick backing. The cast-iron window system, sandstone walls, columns, historic wood windows and glazing were all restored. The street level features extensive display windows, bronze doors and copper piping, all features from its 1908 appearance.  At night, lighting highlights the façade’s remarkable architecture.

The dome at Westfield San Francisco Centre has remained a focal point of activity for more than 100 years.  Also designed by architect Alber Pissis, the original dome was also considered a signature feature of the building when it opened in 1896.  In its early years, beneath the dome was a two-tiered bandstand and café where concerts were held every Saturday night. It, too, was destroyed in the earthquake and subsequent fires, then rebuilt by 1908. The restored dome is the centerpiece of a 200 foot long, 65 foot wide atrium and colonnade. It measures 102 feet wide, three stories high and weighs 500,000 pounds.  As part of the construction process, the dome was elevated 58 feet in its original position to the roof of the new structure to allow natural light through its crown and lunette windows. There are over 800 glass panels in the dome and more than 900 lights encased in its ribs.


Today Westfield San Francisco Centre offers the City’s ultimate style collection, the west coast flagship of Bloomingdale’s and the second-largest Nordstrom in the United States. It offers visitors more than 200 boutiques, including the designer brands Betsey Johnson, Tory Burch, BOSS Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Tous, San Francisco’s first Michael Kors and Madewell, to name a few.

The exclusive Restaurant Collection Under the Dome, located on Level 4 under the beautiful, historic dome, offers a first-class epicurean experience, while the Food Emporium on the concourse level houses a Bristol Farms gourmet market and 15 gourmet eateries, with café-style dining providing real silverware, real china and table bussing service. The Centre’s amenities include a Burke Williams Day Spa, the largest day spa in San Francisco, and a nine-screen Century Theatre.

Westfield San Francisco Centre’s services are unparalleled offering visitors a full-service concierge, group dining and spa programs, spouse programs, motor coach staging, private event opportunities and a VIP Passport worth thousands of dollars in savings from participating retailers and restaurants.  It is located within walking distance of the Moscone Convention Center and world-renowned cultural attractions in the adjacent Yerba Buena district including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Children’s Creativity Museum, The Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Civic Center, home to the San Francisco Opera and Symphony.


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