|The Super Hidden Sky Terrace!
I learned about this from a Tweet from the city government, and the link in the tweet landed me on the San Francisco's Planning Department's website about these POPOS, including an interactive map.
Finding the Elusive Westfield Mall San Francisco's Sky Terrace
One of these public places I wanted to find was the Sky Terrace at the Westfield Mall, formerly the home of the Emporium. Back in the day, the old roof of the Emporium was the location of holiday carnival rides that was hoisted by crane every year until the company went out of business.
While the city map showed where it was located, it did not tell me how to access it. Since I was shopping around the downtown area, I decided to drop by the concierge desk at the Westfield Mall for more information. Asking the young lady at the desk, she didn't know what I was talking about, saying this was the first she heard of this rooftop. I mentioned about the city policy, and she contacted her superiors for more information.
While I was waiting for five minutes, I did a search on my phone and it told me that there's no direct access through the mall. Shortly after, the concierge told me the same answer.
How to Access the Sky Terrace
You'll need to access it through the outside building entrance on Market located on the far left side of where the building property line ends (next door is Walgreens). You will see a purple San Francisco State University Banner and the address 835 Market Street. This is also the entrance to San Francisco State's Downtown Center.
|My Alma Mater (times two) and Employer!
Walk through the doors and down the hallway and you will see a security guard desk on the right. You'll know you are in the right building when you notice the SF State signage on the left just when you enter the building.
|Remember, floor nine is the place to go.