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Mary's Square, at California and Quincy streets, was built after the
1906 earthquake destroyed the remaining brothels and saloons across from
Old St. Mary's Church. The park itself was razed in 1953 for the addition
of an underground parking garage. In 2003, the often overlooked public
garden became the latest of several public parks and structures to undergo
renovation during the Willie Brown era. The centerpiece of St. Mary's Square
since the late 1930s is the towering statue of Chinese revolutionary Dr.
Sun Yat-Sen by San Francisco sculptor Benny Bufano.
Copyright 2003 Hank Donat