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Art in Unexpected Places

June 01, 2020

Guests are often surprised to learn that some of the most beautiful places in the city can be found right under their feet. San Francisco is home to an array of beautifully tiled steps created in a variety of themes.

If you’re looking for a great way to get in some exercise and catch a refreshing bay breeze, take a walk to one of these colorful stairways and see the stunning mosaic works for yourself.

Hidden Garden Steps

One of 14 San Francisco projects to win a Neighborhood Empowerment Award, the Hidden Garden Steps was a true labor of love for artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, who not only came up with the design but created 148 risers.

16th Avenue Tiled Steps

From the sea to the stars—that was the inspiration for this joint neighborhood venture. Using handmade tiles created by artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, the final project culminated in a 163-step tiled stairway in Golden Gate Heights.

Lincoln Park Steps

52 steps make up this beautiful Beaux-Arts-inspired display, conceived by Friends of Lincoln Park founders Meg Autry and Anna Yatroussis. The seven-year project gave new life to an iconic staircase suffering from decades of decay and neglect.

Flights of Fancy

Located in the city’s Bayview-Hunters Point District, the tiled steps on Arelious Walker Drive connect Northridge Road to Innes Avenue. The four-foot-wide staircase is made up of 87 mosaic tiles inspired by Native American pottery and Middle Eastern tile.