Built for the 1915 World’s Fair, the Palace of Fine Arts was a showcase for art from around the globe. It was designed after a Roman ruin to remind us of “the mortality of grandeur and the vanity of human wishes” according to the architect Bernard Maybeck.

Built for the 1915 World’s Fair, the Palace of Fine Arts was a showcase for art from around the globe. It was designed after a Roman ruin to remind us of “the mortality of grandeur and the vanity of human wishes” according to the architect Bernard Maybeck.