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Safe door in Old Mint basement (San Francisco)

Notice all the decorations etched on the steel.­

Built in 1874 during the gold rush, the Old Mint was once the busiest mint in the United States.­ One of the last government buildings constructed in the Greek Revival style, it is also the city's oldest stone buildings.­ The mint operations were moved to a new facility in 1933.­

The Old Mint has been closed and abandoned since 1993, threatened by demolition until the federal government transfered the building ownership to the city of San Francisco in 2003.­

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The San Francisco Old Mint
50-98 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA