City Guides SF gives free (by donation) walking tours of the city every day. I’ve done a bunch of them and always learned something interesting. One of the ones I did awhile back taught me about the historic San Francisco murals inside of the Rincon Center building in the Financial District. I was in that building again recently and snapped some photos of those murals.
There are more than two dozen murals that tell the story of San Francisco’s history. They were painted in the 1940′s as part of the WPA arts program (as were many of San Francisco’s murals). They were painted by a Russian painter and there was some controversy around them related to The Cold War but they are now an important part of San Francisco’s art history.