The Ferry Building in San Francisco has been named one of the top 10 Great Places by the American Planning Association. Opening in 1898 on the site of the 1875 wooden Ferry House, the Ferry Building became the transportation focal point for anyone arriving in San Francisco by train. Architect A. Page Brown included a 245-foot-tall clock tower modeled after the 12th century bell tower in the Seville Cathedral in Spain to serve as a welcoming beacon on the Bay. At its peak, as many as 50,000 people a day commuted by ferry.
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