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San Francisco browsing in an architects' enclave.

If you like to ogle avant-garde furniture, collect architecture books, or shop for graphics supplies, an architecture enclave near San Francisco's Transamerica Pyramid is worth a visit. You'll find three architect-owned stores (two of which have changed locations in the past year) in the gold rush-era Historic Landmark District of Jackson Square, roughly bounded by Montgomery Street, Pacific Avenue, and Sansome and Jackson streets.

The neighborhood used to be dominated by interior design firms, but recently law and advertising offices have begun to move in. It seems especially fitting that architecture-related business maintain a foothold in an area that is so rich in the well-preserved, classically fronted buildings of the city's early days. The small scale of the buildings and alleys and the way light catches ornamental stone and brickwork add to the visual enjoyment.

Arch, 407 Jackson Street, (415) 433-2724. Offers a wide selection of drafting and graphics supplies in bright orange cubicles that zigzag around columns made from ships' masts. Open 9 to 5:30 Mondays through Fridays.

Limn, 487 Pacific Avenue, 397-7474. Classic and modern furniture designed by artists and architects--from a $14 lamp to an $8,500 sofa. You'll see inventive display techniques, from and backdrop made of exposed stud walls to cases sculpted out of concrete. Open 9 to 5:30 weekdays, 11 to 5:30 Saturdays.

William Stout Architectural Books, 804 Montgomery Street, 391-6757. Sells about 13,000 titles of architecture, landscape architecture, and graphics books, including rare and out-of-print ones such as Frank Lloyd Wright's portfolio of designs published in Holland (if you're interested, it costs $1,250). Open 10 to 5:30 Mondays through Saturdays, until 9 Thursdays.
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