Monday, December 10, 2007

Ferry Building Marketplace

Ferry Building Exterior during a busy Saturday farmer's market.


While standing on bridge on the 2nd floor, here I am looking towards the left end of the Ferry Building's interior.


While standing on the same bridge on the 2nd floor, I am looking towards the right end of the Ferry Building's interior.


I have passed by this building numerous times, but this was my first trek into its interior. It is now a busy marketplace filled with stores and eateries. Imagine back in the 1890's, this place was a busy intersection for ferry and train commuters; however, as automobiles grew in popularity, the use of this building and the waterfront area started dwindling.

If not for the big 1989 San Francisco earthquake, this area might have never been revitalized. The freeways that have been blocking the view to the Ferry Building were badly damaged in the quake so they had to be torn down; thus, the rediscovery of this area.

Click here for more historical information about this building.

- AV

11 comments:

Lara said...

I guess it can get pretty crowded for Christmas shopping...

Andrea said...

I do not like big crowds. Nice pictures though.

About my snow globe: I bought mine right after Christmas at 50% off. They are too high at full price. I am hoping after Christmas this year to buy more decorations when they go on clearance.

K M F said...

nice

dot said...

I think it would be a fun adventure to go there!
I like the last picture best.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Interesting history , It looks very busy and it would be fun to go check out the shops .

To answer your question about the crab, no sharing of that, too many people. And yes those rver's have a wonderful time getting together and having fun.

Kate said...

I love your pictures and the building. I bought some great goat cheese there from one of the vendors.

FĂ©nix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Great photos of the Ferry building! I would have loved to have seen it back in the 1890's!

tenforty said...

I love shopping and poking around the goods in each shop. Nice shots, especially the last one. Deb

AVCR8TEUR said...

To All: It is usually this crowded year round because it is such a popular place on weekends. Although farmers are also selling miniature Christas trees outside the building.

I, too, would've loved to been there in its heyday during commuter hours with men and women dressed up in that period's clothing. If you look at the old pictures from the link, you would never expected to see how modern the interior looks now.

Kate, glad to hear you had actually patronized some of the stores. I'm sure you can attest to the liveliness the crowds bring in. One of the shops had a sampling stations of all their bread dips. The garlic version was to die for. :)

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I have stayed at the Hyatt Regency across the street from this building quite a few times. I will have to take a stroll over the next time I am there.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Digital Flower, I actually was going to post a picture of the Hyatt in the near future. The Embarcadero is a good place to stay while in SF, but expensive.