Saint Mary's Square facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSaint Mary's Square
The square in 2008
Designed in 1957 by Robert Royston the square is a rooftop park located on the top level of a parking garage in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood. At the time, rooftop gardens were promoted in the city by real estate developers as a means to maximize build able areas, and were most often sited on two‐story, above‐ground parking structures. being one of the first below ground parking structures, the rooftop garden was put into the designs as an afterthought. the current existing park was redesigned from the historic park that occupied the space prior to the implementation of the underground parking.
Royston's design used a system of grids and multiple tones of concrete to draw attention from the geometry of the space, imposed on it by the virtue of being above a parking garage. by implementing low seat walls and the curved nature of the planting beds, he divided up the pedestrian spaces, generating a feeling of nature within the space. The park has access to the street via a wide concrete staircase on one end and an at-grade entrance at the other. An existing row of poplar trees was retained as backdrop for the park, and a sculpture of Sun Yat-Sen by local artist Benny Bufano provides a focal point for the space. The park also includes a playground and refreshment stand.
The park features several culturally significant implements to the surrounding area, being a central community hub for the Chinatown area.
Statue of Sun Yat-sen
The statue of Sun Yat-sen by Beniamino Bufano is a 14 foot statue made of red granite and stainless steel, stands in St. Mary's Square. It is inscribed: "Dr. Sun Yat Sen 1866-1925 Father of the Chinese Republic and First President Founder of the Kuo Min Tang Champion of Democracy Lover of mankind: Proponent of friendship and peace among the nations, based on equality, justice and goodwill".
A memorial plaque in dedication to the Americans of Chinese ancestry who gave their lives for America in World Wars I and II. Reads, "We Salute these Americans of Chinese Ancestry who gave their lives for America in World Wars I and II".
|Tom Kwong||Coom G. Lee||Don Tung Sing||Faye Lowe||William L. Y. Goo|
|Leo Sai||Chin T. Tom||Eddie Soo||Mo S. Jee||Hong S. Hoey|
|Bill Tom||Yuen Hop||Manuel K. Soo||Alvin Richard Wong||Yee Nee Jin|
|Donald Ginn Chong||Walter Tom Lum||Harry Chew||James Q. Fong||Gene F. Lay|
|Lincoln Mark||Tow Jer||William Chew||Lloyd Quon||Jerry M. Lum|
|Tung Ling Yee||Ging Gin||Richard W. Chin||Frank Wong||Rudolph Lym|
|Harry Wong||Benjamin Ralph Kimlau||Richard Chong||Sing Fa Ping||Jeong Wing Jeen|
|Daniel Lim||Samuel Choy Sin||Marshall K. Dong||Castro Yu Hing Owyang||Harry Wong|
|Clifford S. Low||Clinton J. Lok||Albert P. Fong||Robert W. Chin||Wesley Y. Chow|
|Hon Y. Lee||Choy Young||Gong B. Fong||Charles J. Chan||Fan Yee Wong|
|John Wing Yee||Douglas C. Foo||Lew B. Tong||William J. Quan||Jack Dai Sum Yim|
|Get G. Chung||Edward Dewey Quong||Wong F. Gin||Thomas Yoke Jow Lai||Lem Quock Hing|
|Harry Choy||Alwyn G. Wong||Lee Wong Gem||Sam Wong||Lew Hung Biew|
|Collin S. Chong||Tang Chu Don||Howard Lee||Taft Toy||Harry F. Lee|
|Alfred W. Chin||James Sing||Harold W. Young||Lee Tan||John J. Chan|
|Leslie Y. Gee||Yee Sing You||Hong Chew Lee||Hom Wing On||George Lew|
|Ed Sam Fong||Edward Yin Ong||Percy Louie||Curtis C. Wong||Bob Chan|
|Ah Fong||Cheng Kee||Yee Lem||Sho Ling||Yeung Yaun
Other points of note
A gingko biloba tree planted in March 2017, honors Chinatown activist Rose Pak.
St. Mary's Square includes the former location of the Kong Chow Temple.
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