The Regency Center is a multi-use events venue originally built in 1909 as a masonic lodge. It is an architectural marvel and full of freemasonry symbols. SFGate reports on it:
"Among the symbology embedded in its walls are the maned lion's head, an icon thought to represent the sun and rebirth, as well as the double-headed phoenix, which as Garrett says, is likely a nod to the idea of drawing illumination from destruction."
The Regency Center consists of three spaces:
- The largest and most famous is the Regency Ballroom, pictured above, (with its own website) featuring primarily rock concerts (previous guests have included Bad Religion and Chance the Rapper) but other types of music concerts as well. It can hold up to 1400 people.
- The Lodge space holds 300 and can be rented for various events. It used to be the meeting hall of the Scottish Rite Freemasons, and would’ve been a space for higher ranking members.
- The Social Hall holds 600 guests and hosts comedy shows and private events.
The Regency Center is located at 1300 Van Ness Avenue, between Sutter and Fern Streets.
Find out more about their services and events on their website, here.