This multistory shopping and residential complex (1989), a block south and west of the Ferry Building, boasts a panoply of stores and cafes. The former Rincon Annex Post Office (1940, Gilbert S. Underwood), which now functions as the center's lobby, remains its most gripping feature. Especially worthy of note are Russian-born artist Anton Refregier's mural depicting Northern California's rough-and-tumble history, beginning with the arrival of Sir Francis Drake in 1579 and ending with World War II. Completed in 1948 and rendered in broad, muscular strokes and bold colors that underscore Refregier's thematic emphasis on labor, struggle and war, these 27 panels provide an unsparing view of the wild West. Adjacent display cases present artifacts and photographs that further address Refregier's themes. In the lofty atrium off the lobby, an 85ft Rain Column (1988, Doug Hollis) forms the eye-catching centerpiece of a spacious food court.
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