Nothing risqué, nothing gained.
Mystery Maker: Chris
Location: San Francisco, CA
The behemoth of a building (220,000 sq. ft.!!!) has quite a varied history. The San Francisco landmark was originally built in 1912 to service the National Guard and through the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s, the oldest building in SF became famous hosting the Golden Glove boxing matches and dubbed the Madison Square Garden of the West. In the 70’s, George Lucas filmed much of the original Star Wars there. Wow right?
Here comes the risqué part… In 2006, the building was purchased by Kink.com, a San Francisco-based internet pornography producer specializing in BDSM. The risky part was taking my wife of 5 months on a fetish tour! What would we see? What would she think? What would I think? This was going to be a mystery for the both of us!
The tour wound its way through five floors of rooms that included; movie props, a medical exam room, a large wrestling theater, dungeons, a room full of ropes, a room full of custom made toys, a class room for those "hot for teachers", and others. By far the most interesting part was the upper floor, a sprawling and decadent fancy room used for large group events.