Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fort Winfield Scott

Fort Winfield Scott, Presidio SF, originally uploaded by deanv41.

I drove home from my niece's house in The Richmond District today through The Presidio. I am always awed by it. As it converts to civilian domain the changes sometimes get ahead of preservation. This shot is taken in the field grounds of Fort Winfield Scott, at the head of the Golden Gate Bridge. It commands priceless views and territory. The Spanish Colonial architecture remains an important reminder of San Francisco's heritage. For all that, it sits largely empty, crumbling, unattended. There is likely a plan in play to redefine this post, but it is far from clear today. It is a ghostly place, once key to securing the city, now falling apart.

Below is a graphic issued by the SF Planning Commission in 1944 showing The Richmond District, Western Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park and The Presidio. [courtesy of Eric Fischer on flickr]
Park Presidio District and Golden Gate Park, San Francisco City Planning Commission (1944)

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