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Any Goldsworthy Wooden Spire at Sunset
Any Goldsworthy Wooden Spire at Sunset
Any Goldsworthy Wooden Spire at Sunset

Presidio News & Stories

A Thousand Hostile Sneers

Proposed Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Calif. by Joseph Strauss in 1921
First design drawing of Golden Gate Bridge by Joseph Strauss in 1921

“Launched midst a thousand hopes and fears; Damned by a thousand hostile sneers,” – Joseph B. Strauss, chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge in a poem he wrote to mark its completion in 1937. He died less than a year later.

A National Park Lodge at the Golden Gate

Lodge at the Presidio

In summer 2018 the Presidio will welcome the park’s second hotel. Lodge at the Presidio is an historic boutique hotel and offers the closest proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge of any San Francisco hotel.

Top Hotels in San Francisco: Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

Suite at Inn at the Presidio

We are thrilled, honored, and extremely proud to manage the #1 hotel in San Francisco, the Presidio Trust’s historic Inn at the Presidio.

From Conde Nast Traveler:
A renovated 22-room Georgian Revival barracks house in the heart of the Presidio—a former Army base (now a national park) 15 minutes from downtown.

Your New Favorite Place to Stay in San Francisco

Lodge at the Presidio

In-the-know San Franciscans flock to the Presidio for the beautiful views, wide-open parks, lush forest, family-friendly museums, and great places to eat. With the opening of the new Lodge at the Presidio, families now have a beautifully rehabilitated historic hotel to make their stay in the Presidio even more fun and convenient.

Frederick Funston – the man who saved San Francisco

General Funston in San Francisco, 1906. Photo: California State ParksThe Inn at the Presidio’s historic Funston House is a renovated officer’s quarters that provides a glimpse into the Presidio at the turn of the century, when it was the epicenter of Army efforts to save San Francisco at its time of greatest need. But who was “Funston”?

Brigadier General Frederick Funston (1865-1917) and his wife Eda Blankart Funston played a pivotal role in saving the city after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. A decorated veteran of the war in the Philippines, Funston was known for his ability to make swift decisions under pressure, an ability that may have saved tens of thousands of lives in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. The Funston family’s importance to the city is memorialized in such places as Funston Avenue, Funston playground, and Fort Funston, as well as the Inn at the Presidio’s Funston House.

The Summer of Love Knocks on the Gates of the Presidio

San Francisco Summer of Love - Circa 1967

50 years ago, the Presidio found itself surrounded by a city in the process of transformation, inspired by a simple four-letter word: LOVE.

In 1967, the world really began to take notice of the cultural revolution happening in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. A growing collection of young artists, musicians, anti-war activists and countercultural icons were breaking free of traditions in every way possible – Jefferson Airplane, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan were singing about love and LSD, anti-war protests were surging, civil rights were becoming the Black Power movement.

Protecting the Bay

These days, “protecting the San Francisco Bay” usually refers to improving water quality, restoring wetlands, or controlling invasive species. But for most of the 20th century, San Francisco Bay was America’s most valuable Pacific port, and the US Government and military invested an enormous amount of time and money building defenses against a feared enemy attack from the sea and air.

When Fear Was Stronger Than Justice

Seventy five years ago, ten weeks after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which formed the basis for the mass forced removal and incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast. Two-thirds were American citizens. The other third, not born in the US, were prohibited by law from becoming US citizens. Over half were children or infants.

Holiday Lights at Inn at the Presidio

Join us for a very special Holiday season at Inn at the Presidio. As you walk through our lit entry way you’ll see our Christmas Tree decorated with silver and gold bulbs, enjoy a glass of wine by the fireplace in our lobby, sit on our front porch decorated with lights and wreaths, follow our holiday trimming upstairs to your room.

Exploring the Golden Gate NRA Park Archives & Records Center

One of the best-kept secrets in the Presidio is in a modest brick building that used to be a stable for 102 Army mules and horses. Inside is an amazing trove of photographs, maps, building plans, and other historical treasures – about 5 million items documenting the history of the Presidio and other important historical sites within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This is the Park Archives and Records Center (PARC), and if you are a history buff, graduate student, or are just fascinated by old maps and photographs, you owe it to yourself to come spend a few hours – or days – exploring this place.