Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Colonial Baroque

San Francisco's Mission High School, a building that will soon be a century old. It was constructed in the same molded-concrete Colonial Baroque style as Mission Dolores Basilica two blocks away.

This squat tower crowns the old Industrial Arts wing of the building. Its glazed tiles and miniature balconies seem to imply a purpose, but apparently it never had one – except to serve as a pigeon roost.

Across from the high school is the open expanse of Dolores Park – seen here near sunset (with an unfortunate skyline behind, marred by smog). People and pets abound. Personally I have learned to avoid sitting down here – for fear of the all-pervasive dog shit – but nobody else seems to be bothered by it.