The Marina District sits on the site of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition staged after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to celebrate the reemergence of the city. Aside from the Palace of Fine Arts (POFA), all other buildings were demolished to make the current neighborhood. The area is bounded by Van Ness Avenue and Fort Mason to the east, Lyon Street and the Presidio National Park to the west, and Cow Hollow and Lombard St. to the south. The northern half of the Marina is a shoreline of the San Francisco Bay and features the Marina Green, a picturesque park adjacent to the municipal boat marina from which the neighborhood takes its name.
Much of the Marina is built on former landfill and is susceptible to soil liquefaction during strong earthquakes. This phenomenon caused extensive damage to the entire neighborhood during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
The neighborhood is most famous for the Palace of Fine Arts, which takes up much of the western section of the neighborhood. The Palace is the only building left standing in its original location within the 1915 Exposition fairgrounds. The grounds around the Palace are a popular year-round attraction for tourists and locals. They are a favorite location for weddings and wedding party photographs.
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