Most cable car riders take the Powell Street lines to the Wharf, and so miss this magnificent scene on the California Street line: Grace Cathedral. Begun in the 1920s, it is a scaled down version of Notre Dame de Paris. The California Street cable car line was built by Leland Stanford in 1878 to serve the mansions of silver and railroad barons atop the steep Nob Hill, including his own. Today, Grace Cathedral stands on the site of one of those mansions, and taking an uncrowded California Street cable car to reach it is a gracious ride indeed. Illustration by David Dugan.