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California Palace of the Legion of Honor

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Identification

California Palace of the Legion of Honor
271085

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
concrete
beaux-arts / historism

Usages

museum

Facts

  • The building is a three-quarter adaptation of the 18th-century Palais de la Légion d'Honneur in Paris.
  • It was built as a museum and dedicated to the 3,600 California men who perished on French battlefields during World War I.
  • The Legion of Honor was a gift to the City of San Francisco by Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, wife of sugar magnate Adolph Spreckels.
  • The Legion of Honor's renowned collection of Rodin sculptures, including "The Thinker", was also donated by Alma Spreckels.
  • The Legion underwent an extensive renovation, seismic retrofit, and expansion from 1992 to 1995.
  • 7,000 cubic yards of concrete and 1 million pounds of reinforcing bar were used in the construction.

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Location

100-150 Legion of Honor Drive
135 Legion of Honor Drive
94121
San Francisco
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

1921
1924
1995

Involved Companies


Henri Guillaume
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