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I recently read two different articles one right after the other, and Frank Lloyd Wright happened to be mentioned in both. The blog Design Milk featured a FLW quote as its July 2012 “Designer Desktop.” And a writer for the New York Times opened her travel column about visiting Chicago with a reference to the architect.

During his career, Wright created more than 1,000 designs, of which 532 were completed. When I was in San Francisco last month, I had a chance to visit the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building in the City by the Bay. Located near Union Square, it houses the Xanadu Gallery which specializes in Asian art and antiquities.

I liked how the pattern on the manhole complements the entryway.

Close-up of the entrance.

A view of the spiral ramp which is reminiscent of the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Xanadu Gallery | 140 Maiden Lane | San Francisco, CA  94108 | 415.392.9999 |