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Francis Ford Coppola

Historic S.F. Armory tour gives peek at more than military history

SAN FRANCISCO My, such a lovely building anchored at 14th and Mission streets. So stately and, yes, regal is the former National Guard Armory and Arsenal, built in 1914, with its burnished brick facade and moody Moorish castle design, classical wainscoting and elegant stone portico. Its look connotes nothing less than solidity and forthright authority, unquestioned probity. Wonder what they are doing with it now? They give tours, I soon learned. Great. Sign me up. A few days later, I went online at work and uh-oh I got this stern message: "Content blocked by your organization." Turns out, the Armory now is the corporate headquarters and primary shooting location for the...

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