Jackson Square

The Golden Authors

The Golden Era Building was constructed around 1852 on the foundations of an 1849 structure that was destroyed in the fires of 1851.  It derived its name from the Golden Era, an early literary weekly that published numerous California authors, including Mark Twain and Bret Harte. 

Ghirardelli Square

Before relocating to its present location in Ghirardelli Square, Domingo Ghirardelli had his chocolate factory headquartered here from 1858 to 1895.  Located at 407 and 415 Jackson Street these adjacent buildings were constructed in 1853 and 1860.  

Jackson Square

Jackson Square remains a secluded gem in the heart of the city.  The oldest buildings date back to the beginning of the Gold Rush around the 1850’s and 60’s making this area one of the most archite