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Sentinel Building

Sentinel Building
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Type of Attraction
Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
Local Culture, Architecture, History
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Available
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Sentinel Building

Coppola's Cupola, American Zoetrope, Columbus Tower

An Earthquake Survivor

Off The Beaten Path

916 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94133


The Sentinel Building, one of San Francisco's few "flatiron" buildings, is at the foot of North Beach. A regal green sliver of a building, the Sentinel has housed many a notorious personage and larger-than-life myths in its nine stories. After its construction in the 1930s, political boss Abe Ruef worked from its top floor before being sent to San Quentin prison for graft; locals swear that the downstairs restaurant/speakeasy Caesar's Grill (shut down for violating certain Prohibition regulations) created the salad of the same name. Today, Francis Ford Coppola houses his production studio, American Zoetrope, in the building. Coppola, a famous epicure and owner of a Napa winery, also owns the downstairs cafe. To get the best view of this San Francisco landmark, look down Columbus Ave from North Beach, preferably from an outdoor cafe while sipping an espresso.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs
Notes: The building can be seen from the outside at any time. Cafe hours are from 11am-10pm, Tues Fri; 12pm-10pm, Sat; 12pm-9pm, Sun.
Visit Time: 30min-2hr
Average Wait Time: None
Notes: Time depends on whether or not you are there to just look at the outside of the building (which you can do from afar) or whether or not you are going to eat in the cafe.
Price: Free


Outdoor with some covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Walking
Notes: You can see this building just by walking by it.
Parking Availability: Limited
Average Price per Hour: $0-$5
Notes: There is limited street metered parking around the building.

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