Interest Group - SF Adventures Mechanics Institute

When: February 6, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Please join us next Thurs., Feb. 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm for a Tour of the Mechanics’ Institute.

Reservations required by Feb. 4 to  Group size is limited.             

The tour will be followed by a small reception with coffee and pastries.

Meet on the 3rd floor of the Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, just west of Market and Montgomery Streets on the south side of Post Street.  Very convenient to Montgomery Street BART and Muni Station and many Market Street buses.

During California’s Gold Rush, the Mechanics' Institute of San Francisco was founded in 1854 with four books and a mission to start an organization to serve the education, information and social needs of the city’s mechanics, artisans, and industrialists. Within a few years the Institute was offering classes in such subjects as mechanical drawing, industrial design, electrical science, and applied mathematics, had started a chess club and had acquired a magnificent library that slaked San Francisco’s voracious appetite for technical and pleasurable reading material.

Today the Mechanics’ Institute continues as a membership organization boasting a fantastic general-interest library, active cultural event calendar, and world renowned chess club. It is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker in search of a place for literary pursuits, thinking, research and study.

The tour includes an overview of the Mechanics' Institute history and mission, its landmark building’s architectural merits, an outline of its current services and the benefits of membership. Tours typically take 45 minutes. It will be followed by a brief Powerpoint discussion and small reception with coffee and pastries.

Organized by Pete Tannen

There is no cost for participation in this group; but all participants must be OLLI at SF State members. 




57 Post St., near Market St. 3rd Floor