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The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco is a building originally constructed for the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. It was designed by Bernard Maybeck, who took his inspiration from Roman and Greek architecture. A single dome remains from the eight identical structures that were originally constructed on the site. The lagoon was intended to echo those found in classical settings in Europe, where the expanse of water provides a mirror surface to reflect the grand buildings and an undisturbed vista to appreciate them from a distance.