(KTSF by Michelle Yue)
The new Bridge Pavilion, located on the southeastern side of the bridge, occupies 3,500-square-foot. In addition to its function as an information center and a souvenir shop for visitors, it also serves as an exhibition hall on various artifacts and memorabilia related to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Also opening Tuesday is the remodeled Round House where visitors now can join guided tours. The Round House is also a souvenir photo shop. Here people can stand in front of a “green screen” and have their pictures taken. The pictures are then digitally enhanced to make them look like visitors are standing atop a bridge tower or in front of the bridge. To many visitors who come on a foggy day, this option is particularly important.
The Bridge Pavilion project and the improvements of the surrounding buildings was supervised by the non-profit organization the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The project’s $5 million cost was raised by private donations to the conservancy.
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