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Beach Chalet Restaurant

1000 Great Highway

San Francisco, CA


Designed by San Francisco architect Willis Polk, the beach Chalet opened to the public in 1925 with a lounge and changing rooms on the ground floor and a restaurant above, providing diners with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. The extraordinary murals, mosaics, and wood carvings were added in 1936 as part of a federal works program. A few years later the building was pressed into wartime service as a barracks for the troops operating a nearby signal station. Today, the building and the art treasures welcome visitors from around the world to explore Golden Gate Park.

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Taken on April 23, 2011