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Presidio Historic Preservation Tour and Picnic

  • Saturday, September 16, 2023
  • 09:45 - 13:00
  • 1750 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94129
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PRESIDIO HISTORIC PRESERVATION TOUR

WCAPT invites members and guests to a Nor-Cal, in-person event. Please join us for a tour of The Presidio in San Francisco, CA. 

The Presidio was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962. The Presidio Trust was created in 1996 and tasked with preserving the natural, cultural, scenic, and recreational resources of the Presidio. The Trust works closely with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in managing the Presidio and protecting its resources. 

We will be touring buildings 102 and 103, which are part of the Montgomery Street Barracks and were constructed in 1896. Building 103 has been fully rehabilitated and repurposed into a commercial space. The seismic upgrades to this structure featured an innovative approach to strengthening the unreinforced masonry buildings. A similar approach will be adopted for Building 102, which is soon to undergo rehabilitation.  

Explore Battery Bluff Park - join us to learn about the history of the concrete batteries above San Francisco Bay and the conservation efforts taken to preserve them. Walk through the park, discover their significance, and understand the methods used to clean and protect them.

Additional Information:

  • Building 102 is on Montgomery St. (two buildings away from the Disney Family Museum)

  • Wear comfortable shoes. The Battery Bluff is located about a half mile away from the Montgomery St. Barracks. The trail is level and fully accessible. 

  • Consider wearing sunscreen or hats as much of the tour will be outside.

Speakers:

  • Robert Thomson, Federal Preservation Officer, The Presidio Trust
  • Paul Littler, Principal, Holmes 
  • Erik Sandell, Conservator, ARG CS


Parking is across the street at The Parking Lot on Taylor Rd. The cost for parking permits range between $2.50 - $3/hour and between $12.50 - $15/day. 

A summary of all transportation options can be found in the link below.
https://www.presidio.gov/transportation

SITE TOUR SCHEDULE:

Site Tour (9:45 am – 1:00 pm w/ Provided Box Lunch Picnic)

Registration - 9:45 am:

  • Meet @ B.102

  • Registration/Check-in

  • Meet @ gathering area. – B.102 courtyard

Station 1 - 10:00 am:

  • Presidio/Presidio Trust introduction

  • Introduction of Speaker

  • Speaker Rob Thomson - Overall Preservation Planning Plan for Presidio, walk through of outdoor spaces

Station 2 – Holmes - Paul Littler 

  • Walk through B.102 interior to view “before” project

  • Walk through lobby of B.103 interior to view “after” project

Station 3 – Presidio Trust/ARG – Rob Thomson/Erik Sandell

  • Walk to Battery Bluff, overview of landscape rehabilitation, Rob to summarize

  • Erik Sandell – Battery Bluff concrete conservation

Lunch - 12:30 pm:

  • Box Lunch Picnic in the Park

  • Participants can visit Lodge at the Presidio (B.105) and Tunnel Tops following the event on their own.

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