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The James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark, is located at the corner of Seventh and Mission Streets in San Francisco. Opened in 1905, this is considered one of America’s most beautiful public buildings and contained both a court of appeals and a post office. The building survived both the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Today it is the headquarters for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which hears appeals from lower court decisions in the federal courts of nine Western states. The tour lasts approximately 60 minutes and includes a visit to the old post office lobby on the first floor, the great hall, and available courtrooms.

We are pleased to present this free walking tour for SFHS members and their guests. The number of participantsis limited for each tour, so you must RSVP. Call (415) 537-1105, ext. 0 or email rsvp@sfhistory.org at least 48 hours before the tour, and we will give you the meeting place. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to go through security. Each person entering the building will need to have photo I.D. The tour will begin once all walkers have arrived. Space is limited; be sure to RSVP.