War Memorial Opera House

301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Beaux-Arts concert hall built 1928 - 1932


War Memorial Opera House

Photo taken by Richard Doody in July 2010



Beaux-Arts concert hall designed by Arthur Brown Jr. and G. Albert Lansburgh. Building seats 3,146.

Built as a memorial to the veterans of World War I. Site of the United Nations organizing conference in April 1945. The Treaty of San Francisco ending World War II between Japan and 48 other nations was signed here on September 8, 1951

"President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated the War Memorial Complex in San Francisco to be the place that the United Nations Conference for International Organization would convene on April 25, 1945. Fifty nations participated in the drafting of the United Nations Charter which was unanimously adopted June 25 and signed by representatives of the 50 nations in the War Memorial Veterans Building on June 26. The site of the signing of the Charter is one of the most significant historical landmarks sites in the world for 20th century events." - California Historic Landmark No. 946

Update Log 

  • March 26, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • April 27, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody