5, Embarcadero Center Park
Privately owned public park behind Embarcadero 3 & 4
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The center building was named Maritime Plaza
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A high-rise building rose up through the center of the park. Even though the park was on the third floor, it appeared from that standpoint to be at ground level.


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The relaxed setting in each corner
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Each corner of the park had an identical seating area. A circular bench surrounding a tree and low lighting balls.


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Stairs led up from Justin Herman
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Between Washington and Clay and Davis and Battery
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This elevated park can be accessed using stairs from the park behind Justin Herman Plaza. You'll need to explore because the presence of an elevated park is not obvious from below.


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A path bordered the park
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A paved path bordered the east and west ends of the park. Notice the circular seating around a tree at the far end. Also notice the anti-skateboard tabs on the right.


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The northeast seating area
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At the northeast corner, a different angle view of the circular seating around a tree. Notice that this corner is shaded by surrounding high-rise buildings.


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The bridge over Washington Street
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A level bridge connected the park to apartments on the other side of Washington Street. Note that if you walked through the apartment complex you would arrive at Sidney Walton Park external link on the far side.


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A fountain in front of Maritime Plaza
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The fountain is dry on weekends and during droughts. It forms part of the east plaza in front of the central high-rise.


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Allsteel had offices there
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The low Allsteel building faced the Maritime Plaza building and its fountain across the east plaza.


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Limits of Horizon II, 1968
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Artist: Jan Peter Stern
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This sculpture was part of the Golden Gateway Center Collection of Fine Art.


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Looking over the fountain at more art
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Artist: Jan Peter Stern
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Another sculpture was across the plaza beyond the fountain.


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Bronze horse, 1967
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Artist: Marino Marini
Five Embarcadero Center Park
Between Washington and Clay and Davis and Battery
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In its own alcove, the sculpture was surrounded by steps. A relaxed area for a lunch break.


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Stairs down to Washington Street
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Stairs led down to Washington Street between the Maritime Plaza Building (left) and the Marino Marini sculpture (right).


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North side access to the other plaza
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Access to the other plaza on the north side was underneath the Maritime Plaza Building. Dramatic, but not particularly pleasant.


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The western plaza could be seen
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The northern area underneath the Maritime Plaza Building was perhaps only useful for protection from rain.


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The northern plaza had lawn
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Between Washington and Clay and Davis and Battery
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The northern plaza had a nice expanse of lawn in its center. Notice that the entry to the Punch Line Comedy Club external link was just across the lawn.


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Icosaspirale, 1967
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Artist: Charles Perry
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In an alcove just behind the Embarcadero Center Cinema, was another sculpture.


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Standing Figure Knife Edged, 1967
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Artist: Henry Moore
Five Embarcadero Center Park
Between Washington and Clay and Davis and Battery
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Directly across the plaza from the Icosaspirale was another sculpture in another alcove.


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The northwest seating around a tree
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Five Embarcadero Center Park
Between Washington and Clay and Davis and Battery
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In the northwest corner was another seating area around a tree. This corner, unlike the others, was in sunlight.


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Blue benches to the west
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Five Embarcadero Center Park
Between Washington and Clay and Davis and Battery
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Along the western edge were two blue metal benches and two stairways down to Battery Street.


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The park was atop parking
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Five Embarcadero Center Park
Between Washington and Clay and Davis and Battery
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The view of the park as seen from street level at the corner of Battery and Washington. Note how the greenery atop the parking does not look as if it is a park.


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