The picturesque Victorian rowhouses at Alamo Square are among the most photographed buildings in San Francisco. The buildings give a good idea of how San Francisco looked like at the end of the 19th century. In 1856, San Francisco mayor James Van Ness set aside nearly 13 acres atop an area known as Alamo Hill, mandating that it be used as public open space. Because of its location, the park became known as Alamo Square. The area for Alamo Square was largely chosen because of its incredible location high above the city. Locals say it`s often the windiest part of the city. Others tout the incredible view - which is undeniable. Some say viewing the sunrise or sunset from the Alamo Square Park is second to none. Of course, from the right vantage point in Alamo Square Park, you can also view some of the city`s other famous sites, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Oakland Bay Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid, City Hall, and several other notable buildings and structures.