Moraga Street Stairs - San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 37° 45.371 W 122° 28.414
10S E 546372 N 4178894
Quick Description: This beautiful stairway extends Moraga Street from 16th Avenue up to 15th Avenue. The face of every step is decorated with mosaic tiles, that form a continuous design when viewed together.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 3/27/2012 8:02:57 PM
Waymark Code: WME2ZV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
Views: 11

Long Description:
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Moraga & 16th Street Signs

Moraga Stairs

Close-up Detail near Top

Close-up Detail at Bottom

Looking Down the stairs

Dedication Plaque

This stairway is just three block to the east of 19th Avenue, one of the busiest and main North-South thorofares through the city of San Francisco, California. It is by far the most beautiful outdoor stairway I've encountered. The stairway extends Moraga Street from 16th Avenue up to 15th Avenue. The face of every step is decorated with mosaic tiles, that form a continuous design when viewed together.

There are tiles shaped like fish, jellyfish, birds, dragonflies, turtles, leaves, flowers, mushrooms and more - each with the name of an individual on it. These custom tiles are surrounded by traditional mosaic tiles to form the pattern for the face of that stair, which matches with two neighboring stairs.

The bottom of the stairs is an undersea design, which changes as one climbs to be land and garden scenes, which give way to mountains and the sky, eventually starry skies and capped with the bright yellow sun. All this includes patterns of spirals and circles.

The top surface of each stair is paved with a strip of white stone tiles, with the edge of the stair paved with a strip of gray stone tiles. Looking down from the top of the stairs, all one sees is the white surface and gray lips. The view to the west looks over the Sunset District of San Francisco to the Pacific Ocean.

The stairway is located on a hill covered mostly in ice plant, with a few shrub trees, calla lilies, succulents and other plantings near the bottom.

The stairway climbs toward Grandview Park where there are magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Park, the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco downtown buildings and the Mt. Sutro tower.

The stacked sequence of eight pictures at the right shows the detail of each of the sections of the stairway design. Click on any picture to see that section in larger detail.

At the bottom of the stairway is a dedication plaque to the artists and many people who contributed to this showcase stairway. It reads:


Many Hands Created This Mosaic, Which Pays
Homage to Loved Ones and the Spirit of Community.

Golden Gate Heights Neighbors and Friends
Wish You a Pleasant Walk!

Artists: Colette Crutcher & Aileen Barr

Our Thanks To:

Directors: Jessie Audette & Alice Yee Xavier
16th Avenue Tiled Steps Volunteers
Mayor's Neighborhood Beautification Fund
San Francisco Beautiful
Union Bank of California
Golden Gate Heights Neighborhood Association
Fennie & Mehl Architects
Nibbi Brothers General Contractors
KZ Tile ~ EuroWest ~ Schluter Systems
Local 3 Tilesetters & Bricklayers
SF Dept of Public Works

27 August 2005


number of stairs (minimum 60): 163.00

stair landing (check if yes): yes

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