Taube Family & Friend Family Rotunda, Palace of Fine Arts


The Taube Family Foundation and the Friend Family Foundation helped rescue and preserve one of San Fran­cisco's most recognized monuments. Set on the City's Marina waterfront, San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts is a historic landmark, architectural treasure and urban icon. The Palace has witnessed nearly 100 years of history and hosted a rich parade of world-class cultural events.

But for decades, its elegant rotunda and colonnades were deteriorating, seismically unsound and in desperate need of renovation. These structures comprise the single surviving monument of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition, which celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and the phoenix-like rise of San Francisco from the ashes of the Earthquake and Fire of 1906. With this gift, the two family foundations have helped ensure that the Palace will continue to awe and delight future generations.

Palace of Fine Arts