Baker Street runs north and south through the middle of San Francisco, from Haight Street and Buena Vista Park to the waterfront at Marina Boulevard, with a gap between Ellis and Geary, and a conversion to a steep pedestrian stairway between Broadway and Vallejo. It passes the Golden Gate Park Panhandle at the south and the Palace of Fine Arts at the north.
Baker runs through the Panhandle, Anza Vista, Pacific Heights, and Marina neighborhoods.
According to Streets of San Francisco, Baker Street was named for Colonel Edward Dickinson Baker, a friend of Abraham Lincoln. Baker died in the Civil War and is buried in the Presidio.