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This tour includes many of San Francisco's most interesting pre- and post-1906 buildings. We will investigate these buildings in the context of their urban setting and their earthquake-resistant architecture and engineering. Many of the buildings we are going to visit were considered earthquake-resistant when they were conceived, although they might not be judged earthquake-resistant today. We will examine their histories in relation to San Francisco's struggle for safety from earthquakes and fires, and particularly the earthquake and fire of 1906. (Note: The text of this tour is excerpted from Tobriner, 2006.)

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