A matching pair of these guard the entrance to Chinatown.
Atop the Dragon Gate
Fish on the Dragon Gate
Andrea's Fountain sign
Andrea was the name of the model the artist used to sculpt the mermaid statues.
This statue of nursing mermaids is the most photographed part of Ghirardelli Square.
They are beautiful.
Pacific Coast Stock Exchange building
The Classical Roman Temple look that the front of this building mimics is typical of the many Classical Greek and Roman architectural throwbacks visible throughout the city. I didn't go in, but apparently the interior has been much changed from its original design. It currently houses Equinox Fitness. More on the history of this building here.
The two sculptures on either end of the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange building are meant to represent Industry and Agriculture. I didn't know that as I was standing there gazing at the structure. The woman holding the grain reminded me of Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture whose daughter Persephone was tricked into marrying Hades, lord of the Underworld.
Demeter searched for her daughter for a year before finding her, and then struck a bargain that Persephone would stay with Demeter six months of the year on the surface and the other six months with Hades in the Underworld, which is how the Greeks explained the seasons.
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