American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Tour: The Browning Courthouse (1 LU)

95 7th St | San Francisco, CA 94103


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The James R. Browning United States Courthouse in San Francisco, a National Historic Landmark, is considered one of the nation’s most beautiful public buildings. Built at the turn of the twentieth century, it was intended to represent the affluence and increasing importance of the United States as it became a world power and to illustrate San Francisco’s wealth and importance as one of the leading cities in the United States.

The architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill led a project which included the repair, modernization, and restoration of the existing building. The building formally reopened as the U.S. Court of Appeals Building for the Ninth Circuit on October 17, 1996, the seventh anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. It was renamed the James R. Browning United States Courthouse in 2004, in honor of one of the court’s longest serving judges.

Transportation and Building Information:

There is no parking at the courthouse. From the Civic Center BART/Muni station, take the Seventh Street exit and walk south for 1/2 a block. Any Market Street bus stops at the Seventh Street corner.

There is an open air parking lot next door on Mission Street which charges a flat fee to park. Other parking lots include the Civic Center parking garage on Polk Street at City Hall -- a three block walk to this building -- or the SOMA Grande building one block west on Mission Street where parking charges for underground parking are $2.00 per hour. 1160 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94103.

Enter through the "Public Entry" on 7th Street. Please allow plenty of time to pass through our metal detectors and ID check - people must remove belts, etc., and it can be a slow process with a large group. Everyone entering the building must bring a passport or state-issued driver's license, the student ID is not sufficient.