The Ferry Building in SF has become a place in the Bay Area where foodies gather… A far cry from the days when the Embarcadero Freeway ran in front of the Ferry Building. Back then, I worked in an office on the other side of this and remember this place as a desolate bay front building. It was a former transportation hub that had fallen into disrepair, and was obscured by a double layer freeway. Only the tower rose above the level of the freeway. The rest was darkened by the layers of cement blocking the light, and by exhaust layered onto the building.
It’s transformed now. While the archways used to be a haven for the homeless, it’s now unquestionably upscale. A place to sample food, drink tea and coffee, shop the farmer’s market, boutiques, food carts….and find little mosaic treats.
On the left in the above and below photo, and on each and every end of each archway, lives a little square mosaic done in a style that evokes ancient Roman mosaics. Each is different made of little bits of naturally colored stone and pebbles.
They’re beautifully done. We enjoyed them as much as the food, drink, and merchandise.