During the Great Depression the United States government supported artists by commissioning murals in public buildings. There are several places where you can see the WPA (Works Progress Administration) murals in San Francisco. My favorite spot is The Beach Chalet on The Great Highway near Ocean Beach. All the murals here were painted by Lucien Labaudt. He also painted murals at Coit Tower and George Washington High School. The magnolia wood staircase, featuring sea creatures, was sculpted by Michael von Meyer during the same time. Upstairs is the restaurant and bar with great views of the ocean. The bar has its own brewery and produces special San Francisco beers. Definitely take some time to explore this end of Golden Gate Park on a nice day!