Welcome to Design Heat Maps, wherein travel journalist Stirling Kelso—a regular contributor to Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, and the New York Times, among other outlets—breaks down that which an architecture and design junkie can't miss in can't-miss cities. Feel free to tack on additions in the comments and recommend Curbed's next destination by dropping us an email.
Long a haven for counter-culture types, San Francisco has creative bent that helps make it one of the more interesting destinations for design tourists. From the new industrial bar and lounge at 25 Lusk, to the first inn at the 236-year-old Presidio Park, to the under-construction SFJAZZ Center, the City by the Bay has more to offer than ever. That's not to say that the city's historic offerings have been neglected—far from it, in fact—as this edition of Design Heat Maps paying a visit to the building with the first glass curtain wall in the United States and the historic Emporium Dome, the ornate vestige of a long-defunct Macy's competitor. Old and new, all cool, all here. Check it out below.
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