The Mechanics' Institute

The Mechanics' Institute (HM1D1Q)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94104 San Francisco County
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N 37° 47.335', W 122° 24.184'

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Founded in 1854 for the ?diffusion of knowledge at the least possible expense to the seeker', the Institute's Library and Chess Room and its literary and social activities are intertwined with the history of San Francisco and California. James Lick and Sam Brannan were among the Institute's early benefactors. Andrew S. Hallidie, inventor of the cable car and president from 1868 to 1877, arranged to hold the first classes for the University of California at the Institute. Early Institute membership attracted engineers, architects, artists, furniture makers, photographers, and inventors, all of whom were proud to be called ?mechanics' in nineteenth-century parlance. The Institute's international exposition form 1857 to 1899 promoted California's economy. From 1882 to 1906, the Mechanic's pavilion at the Civic Center served as the City's auditorium. Since 1866 the Institute has owned the property on which this building stands. Designed by Albert Pissis and completed in 1910, it replaces the Institute's earlier three-story building that was destroyed in the earthquake and fire of 1906. Membership in this center for educational and cultural activities is open to the public.
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 7:51pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 552559 N 4182563
Decimal Degrees37.78891667, -122.40306667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 47.335', W 122° 24.184'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 47' 20.10" N, 122° 24' 11.04" W
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Area Code(s)415, 925, 510, 831, 650,
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 65 Post St, San Francisco CA 94104, US
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