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We thank the following organizations and individuals for their cooperation in making this project possible (in alphabetical order):
Asian Art Museum
Nancy Kirkpatrick
CAL Performances
Hollis Ashby
Castro Theatre
Anita Monga
Pam Winfrey
GIIN, San Francisco
Madeleine Cornu Catero,
Ingrid Eggers,
Peter Zygowski
Headlands Center for the Arts
Linda Samuels
Rolf Julius,
Hans Peter Kuhn,
Junko Wada
Kathleen Forde, Benjamin Weil
San Francisco Public Library
Historical Center
Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
Yoreme Waltz
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
John Killacky
Yerba Buena Gardens
Mario Garcia Durham




Goethe-Institut invites you to take a virtual tour of many of the sites in San Francisco and the Bay Area that are related to German-American history. This Virtual Heritage Trail reflects important projects of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco as its contribution to the avid cultural life of the Bay Area.

We are located in the heart of the Downtown area, at the gates of Chinatown. But a little more than two hundred years ago, the present site of the Goethe-Institut  marked the very origins of the city of San Francisco, at that time called Yerba Buena.  As you visit the site, you will discover the enormous impact and presence of San Francisco’s German community.

  • You are invited to discover the history behind the architecture of sites and places associated and  identified with San Francisco.  
  • We plan to expand this virtual tour and update important projects that have relevance to each one of us and to our community.
  • Let us know what you think or suggestions you might have! We would appreciate your feedback and ideas.

    Dr. Dieta Sixt
    Director, GIIN San Francisco

    Chantal Buard
    Project Director


    Web Production
    Chantal Buard
    Original Web Design
    Glows in the Dark Studios
    Jon Betts
    Chantal Buard
    Jessica Kraatz Magri
    Bay Area sites
    Goethe-Institut San Francisco
    Madeleine Cornu Catero
      Everywhere You Look is a project of Goethe-Institut Washington for the United States and Canada
      General Editor
    William Gilcher