Monday, January 10, 2011

Grand Opening of Restored Palace of Fine Arts

After an extensive renovation and restoration, the colonnade and rotunda of the Palace of Fine Arts will reopen to the public this Friday, January 14.  Yesterday, I had a chance to get a preview of the restoration work.  I am happy to report that the Palace has never looked better.

The seismically strengthened structure has been cleaned and repainted, had new landscaping installed, and now more accurately reflects Bernard Maybeck's original Palace.  The gold dome can be seen from afar, the rotunda is now safe to walk under, and the sculptures have been cleared of decades of grime.

 In addition, the lagoon looks terrific and is full of water fowl including three swans.

If you have not visited the Palace in awhile, I highly recommend you walk on by.  If the day is nice, have a picnic on the lawn by the lagoon.  If you want to take a tour of San Francisco that includes a visit to the Place of Fine Arts, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel by e-mailing or phoning (866) 326-4237. 

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