In 1906, the infamous quake occurred, knocking down buildings and burning much of San Francisco. The Ferry Building however survived the ordeal to face yet another earthquake in 1989.

The port was built in a time where ferries were a popular method of transportation. The Ferry Building continued to greet commuters coming into the city. However, by the early years of the 20th century, cars became widely popular over ferries. The Embarcadero Freeway was built in front of the Ferry Building in 1969, splitting it off from the rest of the city.

The many years the structure endured included earthquakes, fog vapor and constant use wore down its frame and it became clear that a renovation to restore its former glory was necessary. Such a renovation began in 1998 and continued until it was reopened in 2003. Much of the original interior was replaced and the first floor was transformed into a farmers market we know today. To this day, the Ferry Building still serves as a port for travelers of the bay.