16th Avenue Tiled Steps

  • Neighborhood: Golden Gate Heights
  • Location: Moraga Street from 16th Avenue to 15th Avenue
  • Height: 90 feet

The first tiled stairway in the city and by far the most popular and well-known. It has transformed this corner of Golden Gate Heights into a major tourist attraction. The tiles were installed in 2005.

The steps are covered with tile mosaics showing a sea to sky scene, with sea creatures at the very bottom, followed by land animals and then birds, rising up to the Moon and Sun at the very top. Many of the individual animal tiles are sponsored by neighbors and supporters. The mosaic was designed by artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, who also designed the nearby Hidden Garden Steps, as well as many of the other tiled stairways in the city.

Despite the name, the stairs are part of Moraga Street. They were originally built around 1927, when all of the streets in Golden Gate Heights were graded and all of the stairways were built.

Official site
San Francisco Chronicle article from January 30, 2004 about the fundraising effort
San Francisco Chronicle article from August 26, 2005 about the opening



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