Image
Dentzel, Carousel, ,, San Francisco Zoo, Built in 1921. Most recently restored in 2002.

The carousel is practical and actually ridden
(1 of 23) (12069 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_05B.jpg

The carousel is practical and actually ridden


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_05B
Add a comment or report a mistake

The roof of the carousel is open
(2 of 23) (10564 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_01B.jpg

The roof of the carousel is open


Anonymous Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:26:02
There is a domed roof, exterior has recently had a facelift


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_01B
Add a comment or report a mistake

The valance has mirrors instead of murals
(3 of 23) (10571 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_02B.jpg

The valance has mirrors instead of murals.


Anonymous Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:38:39
And thise faces are called grotesques, not sure why.


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_02B
Add a comment or report a mistake

The horses are beautifully well maintained
(4 of 23) (10650 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_03B.jpg


The horses are beautifully well maintained.


Anonymous Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:10:44
You can only clean with soft cotton cloth because nylon will strip the paint off.


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_03B
Add a comment or report a mistake

Note the lack of overly garish details
(5 of 23) (10747 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_04T.jpg

Note the lack of overly garish details


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_04T
Add a comment or report a mistake

The carousel is protected inside a round enclosure
(6 of 23) (15231 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_00B.jpg

The carousel is protected inside a round enclosure


Anonymous Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:44:16
The building it is in was built in 1921 , some of the horses/figures are older . there is a transitional Dentzel listener, which according to Carousel roune up or was it merrygo round mag. anyhow that type of carving was done ONLY brtween the years 1885 to 1890.


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_00B
Add a comment or report a mistake

One can almost hear the lion roar
(7 of 23) (14903 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_06T.jpg

One can almost hear the lion roar


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_06T
Add a comment or report a mistake

All the cats expose their sharp teeth
(8 of 23) (10712 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_07T.jpg

All the cats expose their sharp teeth


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_07T
Add a comment or report a mistake

The other animals flee the cats
(9 of 23) (10622 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_08B.jpg

The other animals flee the cats


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_08B
Add a comment or report a mistake

A rabbit with big ears
(10 of 23) (10534 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_09T.jpg

A rabbit with big ears


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_09T
Add a comment or report a mistake

A sleigh in which to ride without the ups and downs
(11 of 23) (10530 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_10B.jpg

A sleigh in which to ride without the ups and downs


Anonymous Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:28:04
Actually the four seasons are shown, two on each


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_10B
Add a comment or report a mistake

Detail of a small mural on the sleigh
(12 of 23) (10579 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_11B.jpg

Detail of a small mural on the sleigh


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_11B
Add a comment or report a mistake

Murals on inner wall are hard to photograph
(13 of 23) (10732 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_12B.jpg

Murals on inner wall are hard to photograph


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_12B
Add a comment or report a mistake

Ostrich with fun tall necks
(14 of 23) (10589 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_13B.jpg

Ostrich with fun tall necks


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_13B
Add a comment or report a mistake

Note detail on lion mane
(15 of 23) (15145 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_14B.jpg

Note the detail on lion's mane


Anonymous Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:30:55
Note the nymph , there had been originally a metal ribbon extending from the lions mouth to her hand --beauty controlling the beast.


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_14B
Add a comment or report a mistake

A very cowboy western looking horse
(16 of 23) (10490 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_15B.jpg

A very cowboy western looking horse.


Anonymous Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:37:31
Many of the saddles are studded with Austrian Crystal as seen here. (Not Swarovski)


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_15B
Add a comment or report a mistake

Cat with fish in mouth
(17 of 23) (11643 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_16T.jpg

Cat with fish in mouth


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_16T
Add a comment or report a mistake

A giraffe is a handsome animal to ride
(18 of 23) (10559 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_17B.jpg

A giraffe is a handsome animal to ride


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_17B
Add a comment or report a mistake

Detail of a horses saddle
(19 of 23) (10578 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_19T.jpg

Detail of a horses saddle


Anonymous Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:33:54
I was told that the eagle on a saddle was meant to depict a horse from the civil war, usually on a stander. horses that represented those of the generals of the war.


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_19T
Add a comment or report a mistake

Pigs to ride too
(20 of 23) (10503 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_20B.jpg

Pigs to ride too


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_20B
Add a comment or report a mistake

Detail of ribbon on rabbit
(21 of 23) (10560 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_21T.jpg

Detail of ribbon on rabbit


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_21T
Add a comment or report a mistake

A reindeer makes for a seasonal ride
(22 of 23) (10568 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_22T.jpg

A reindeer made for a seasonal ride.


Anonymous Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:35:08
Those are real antlers BUT this is just a deer not a reindeer.

Anonymous Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:05:48
Around christmas you van call this deer a reindeer if youu like.


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_22T
Add a comment or report a mistake

Actual kid demonstrates the ride actually works
(23 of 23) (10611 views)

./DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_23B.jpg

Actual kid demonstrates the ride actually works


(2007) Dentzel Carousel, San Francisco Zoo, California   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #DentzelCarouselSFZoo2007_23B
Add a comment or report a mistake


Subscribe to our mailing list for a Sunday summary of the week's stories.
* indicates required
Email Format
home contact topic guide top 25 photos video writing blogs upload terms privacy