Mechanics' Institute, San Francisco

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The Mechanics' Institute is a historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club at 57 Post Street, San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1854, as a mechanics' institute, an educational and cultural institution, to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners. The institute today serves readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and others.[1]

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Mechanics' Institute, San Francisco
Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room
General information
StatusUsed as a library, cultural event center, and chess club
Address57 Post Street
Town or cityFinancial District of San Francisco
CountryUnited States
Coordinates37°47′19″N 122°24′10″W
Construction started1854 (1854)
Design and construction
ArchitectWilliam Patton