Female Carved Face with Corn Hair in San Francisco, California - Encircle Photos

Female Carved Face with Corn Hair in San Francisco, California

The 1936 Federal Building at 50 United Nations Plaza was the last of several government structures for the San Francisco Civic Center project that was designed by architect Arthur Brown Jr. As a master at Beaux Arts architecture, he incorporated a series of mascarons or carved faces on the granite exterior. Historically, this ornamentation was meant to scare away evil. But this female with corn hair was one of several agricultural themes that also included wheat, cat tails and oak leaves.

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50 United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94102

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