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Photo Tour of South Park


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South Park: A Hidden Nook of the City
Photo Tour of South Park

Photo by Ingrid Taylar © 2007

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South Park - San Francisco - South of Market District

South Park is located between 2nd and 3rd, and between Bryant and Brannan in the SoMa/South of Market area of San Francisco.

South Park - The Beginning

When you look at the design of South Park, tucked inside a city block of the SOMA district, it's no surprise the area was originally developed by an English entrepreneur.

In the late 1800s, George Gordon designed an oval space modeled after the neighborhood parks one sees in London -- the gated rose gardens and hedges with private keys for residents. In fact, the original South Park of the late 19th century was a locked park encircled by exclusive brownstones and brick homes of wealthy San Franciscans. The green even housed a windmill that pumped water for South Park residents.

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