San Francisco Magazine Features The Harrison Among SF’s Posh New High-Rises

In their real estate issue, San Francisco Magazine featured The Harrison as a part of their breakdown on SF’s latest high-rises. Focusing on the experience of luxe tower living, the article highlights The Harrison’s top-tier amenities — from private entertainment spaces to personalized concierge services. 

“There’s The Harrison, a 49-floor, 298-unit building with interiors by Ken Fulk. The lobby is a grand salon with a vintage piano, and the top floor is a private event space, accessible to residents only, with unparalleled views of the city and Bay.”

Read the full story here.

5 Not-to-Miss Public Art Pieces in SoMa

From its unrivaled bayside setting to its host of renowned restaurants, SoMa draws people from near and far to experience its stunning sights and vibrant happenings—and perhaps the most alluring is its celebrated art scene. Here, beyond an abundance of boutique art galleries and contemporary museums, The Harrison’s coveted city district boasts iconic public pieces along our beloved SoMa streets. Below, take a look at the sculptures on our not-to-miss list. 

1. White Light

New York-based artist Jenny Holzer’s 182-foot-long artwork “White Light” displays scrolling LED text that wraps around the glass enclosure of the Salesforce Transit Center’s Grand Hall. Displaying changing quotes from over 42 writers, including Maya Angelou, Harvey Milk, Chimako Tada and more, this piece presents a captivating urban attraction well worth witnessing.

2. Cupid’s Span

Rincon Park’s serene waterfront location—set just moments from The Harrison’s front doorstep—is home to the city’s iconic bow-and-arrow sculpture, Cupid’s Span. Realized by sculptor Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Cupid’s Span is said to be inspired by San Francisco’s reputation as the home port of the Greek god of love, Eros. Visit for a romantic picnic beside the bay or simply for a serene escape to revel in nature.

3. Time Signature

Richard Deutsch’s sculpture, Time Signature, is situated in Foundry Square and presents a captivating stainless steel sculpture that soars nearly 50 feet into the sky. The five towering vessels that complete the artwork are reflective, reacting to the changing daylight and vibrant city that surround them. The piece honors San Francisco’s rich industrial history while nodding to the city’s inspiring future.

4. Untitled (Three Dancing Figures)

Artist Keith Haring’s outdoor sculpture, while officially untitled, is often referred to as Three Dancing Figures. Installed at Third and Howard Streets at the Moscone Convention Center, the artwork is well-known throughout San Francisco and dates back to 1989.

5. Moonrose Sculptures

Located at 555 Mission Street, one can set sights on the city’s Moonrise Sculptures: March, October, and December—a trio of mottled aluminum sculptures by artist Ugo Rondinone. The artworks resemble heads featuring different facial expressions, with each presenting a delightful and stark contrast to the sleek, corporate buildings that surround them.

Structures with Soul: The Iconic Buildings that Shaped SoMa

From its vibrant cultural background to significant historical sites, San Francisco is brimming with a personality all its own. Perhaps one of the greatest markers of the city’s soulful essence is the architectural diversity that captivates those near and far, each hilly street representing its own historical moment.

At The Harrison, we have the honor of living amidst Ken Fulk’s soulful interiors, featured by the likes of Architectural Digest, Curbed and Town & Country, while surrounded by the city’s most legendary architecturals. Here, get a glimpse of three iconic buildings that have shaped SoMa into the famed locale it is today.

140 New Montgomery

Just moments from The Harrison sits one of San Francisco’s most historically significant buildings: 140 New Montgomery. Originally built in 1925, the 26-story architectural served as the headquarters for Pacific Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company. Once San Francisco’s tallest and most grandiose structure, 140 New Montgomery has been lovingly restored to the landmark it is today. From the T-shaped entrance to lavish gold accents and rich black marble throughout, the historical structure represents a bygone era of San Francisco sophistication that inspires us to live a more anachronistic lifestyle—which Ken Fulk has effortlessly bestowed upon us at The Harrison.

140 Montgomery

The Palace Hotel

A landmark historic hotel set within the heart of SoMa, the renowned Palace Hotel dates back to 1875, yet was entirely razed in the 1906 earthquake. In 1909, the hotel was rebuilt and reintroduced to San Francisco with the same architectural grandeur as its predecessor. The building’s “Palm Court” has prevailed as San Francisco’s most prestigious hotel dining room since its opening, while the “Pied Piper” Bar just off the marble-clad lobby houses one of the city’s most historic paintings. Today, the Palace Hotel stands as a manifestation of the city’s resilience and integrity—which, witnessed by plan or in passing, reminds us of our steadfast hometown honor.

The Palace Hotel

The U.S. Court of Appeals

The James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals building is one of SoMa’s most revered architecturals, declared a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Completed in 1905 as the U.S. Courthouse and Post Office, the building went on to survive the notorious 1906 and 1989 earthquakes. In fact, it was dubbed the “best constructed public building in the country,” which remains true—all things considered.

U.S. Court of Appeals

Inundated with white Sierra granite and opulent marble finishes by virtue of Italian craftsmanship, the building was intended to represent the nation’s affluence and importance as it became a world power. Today, the Beaux-Arts courthouse exudes this same impressive character, convincing both locals and tourists alike of San Francisco’s architectural soul and supremacy.

*Photos courtesy of The Registry, Time Out & LA Times

Resident Picks: Our Favorite Themed Bars in San Francisco

San Francisco residents know how to create a memorable night out. The city is filled with themed bars that do much more than just serve drinks—many of which are within walking distance of The Harrison. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Bourbon & Branch

501 Jones St – Tenderloin
Open Mon–Sun from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sip on handcrafted cocktails in this hidden bar located inconspicuously behind an unmarked door in the Tenderloin district. What sets this speakeasy-themed bar apart from others is the history behind its location. From 1921 to 1933—the height of the Prohibition era—the location operated as an illegal speakeasy.

To access their main room and full drink menu, make a reservation. You’ll need a password to enter as a walk-in (check their website for the current one) and access their library room (limited drink menu, limited seating).

2. Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

950 Mason Street – Nob Hill
Terrace Level of the Fairmont Hotel
Open Wed–Sun
Dinner from 5–10 p.m. | 21+ from 10 p.m. to close

The infamous Tonga Room started as an indoor pool in 1929 and was transformed into a Hawaiian-esque lagoon in 1945 by MGM set director Mel Melvin. Since then, it’s played into its décor by serving Polynesian-fusion cuisine and tropical drinks, while The Island Groove Band performs live music. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., after which the room turns into a 21-and-up tiki dance party.

3. Novela

662 Mission Street – SoMa
Open 7 nights a week; hours vary by day

Around the corner from SFMOMA lies the book lover’s dream bar. Step into the space with the feel of someone’s home library, and you’ll be right at home among the books and reading chairs. Only, you’re not here to read—just to appreciate all things literary with the comfort of a delicious beverage. Novela serves cocktails named for well-known literary characters, each crafted with the essence of that character in mind. The “Christopher Robin,” for example, is made with gin, carrot juice, ginger, lemon and tonic. A fitting homage to Christopher Robin’s pal, Rabbit.

4. Smuggler’s Cove

650 Gough St – Hayes Valley
Open 7 nights a week from 5 p.m. to 1:15 a.m.

Yes, it’s another tiki bar on the list. However, the experience you’re getting at Smuggler’s Cove is much different than that of the Tonga Room. If the Tonga Room is Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, then Smuggler’s Cove is Pirates of the Caribbean. Inside this nearly hidden bar (it’s very obscure from the outside), you’ll be transported onto a pirate ship that serves over 80 rum cocktails crafted from the 550+ rum varieties on their shelves at any given time.

5. Noir Lounge

581 Hayes St – Hayes Valley
Open 7 days a week; hours vary by day

A restaurant and bar, Noir Lounge pays tribute to the spirit of film noir through its atmosphere, food and drinks. They serve craft cocktails, local wines and beers, and locally sourced chef creations. The most popular part of Noir Lounge is its back room, which features plush seating and has nightly showings of noir films on a 100” screen. This room can also be booked for private events!