The Dome at Westfield San Francisco Centre
The iconic glass and steel dome, unveiled to great acclaim in 1896, sits at the center of the building that was once home to the former Emporium department store. Designed by renowned architect Albert Pissis, the dome and the Market Street façade are signature features of the building. Destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, the dome was rebuilt in 1908. Throughout the early 20th century, its rotunda was a hub of social activity, featuring a two-tiered bandstand and a café where concerts were held every Saturday night. The phrase “Meet me under the dome” became part of the San Francisco vernacular for decades.
In 2006, the dome was fully restored and elevated 168-feet above Market and Mission streets as part of the building’s revival as Westfield San Francisco Centre. The 102-foot diameter, three-story structure weighs 500,000 pounds and features more than 800 crown and lunette windows and 900 lights. The space once again commands attention as the home of the Centre’s Restaurant Collection Under the Dome.