PHOTOS: A Tour of historic Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, CA

Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, Calif. (Gloria Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)

The AmericaJR Web Team visited Ghirardelli Square during their recent trip to San Francisco, California. This space was originally a chocolate factory established by Domenico “Domingo” Ghirardelli. Between 1852 and 1895, Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Factory was located at four different sites before the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company took over the Pioneer Woolen Mills on North Point Street—today’s site of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory & Soda Fountain and Ghirardelli Square. Today, Ghirardelli delights visitors with its lively retail mix, while maintaining Ghirardelli’s tradition as a trendsetter for the rest of the world. In 1982 the owners applied for and were granted National Historic Register status, a move that ensured the preservation of Ghirardelli Square for future generations.