December 28, 2011 |
Come April, visitors will be able to stay inside the Presidio at a hotel that was once quarters for Army officers. The one-time Pershing Hall will be transformed into Inn at the Presidio , 22 rooms that come with access to a front porch and rocking chairs -- and one of the best locations in San Francisco. The new hotel at 42 Moraga Ave. is within the main post where neat red-brick buildings loaded with history form an impressive line. The main post also was the site of the original Spanish military base established in 1776.
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August 2, 2011 |
The Franciscan manzanita — described by some as San Francisco's unicorn — thrives in a kind of botanical witness protection program. Only one specimen of the low-growing shrub exists anywhere in the wild; until recently, it was believed to be extinct, having fallen victim generations ago in this city's battle between nature and development. Today, the manzanita occupies a 7-square-foot patch of hillside in a 1,500-acre national park known as the Presidio of San Francisco.
October 19, 2010 |
If you’ve wondered whether Al Capone or Robert Stroud (the “Birdman”) haunt Alcatraz, an upcoming cruise-tour might let you glimpse a specter. The long-established Red and White Fleet plans to launch a “ City Lights Cruise ” next month that will depart around sunset. It will cruise along the San Francisco waterfront past Ft. Mason, the marina and the Presidio and then loop around the infamous former prison island, among other sights. It will also cross under the Golden Gate and Bay bridges.
May 30, 2010 |
A pair of professional arborists, licensed to climb and care for trees, were perched high in the branches of a 110-foot Monterey cypress in the Presidio park of San Francisco. Secured by harnesses and a web of rock-climbing ropes used for rappelling down the trunk, they were awaiting instructions from the ground. "Could you try the limb below your right foot?" said their boss, landscape designer Peter Good. "Is there any way to get the nest to stand more vertically?" asked gallerist Cheryl Haines.
January 27, 2010 |
For any San Franciscan worth his salt, the 1,491-acre wooded site known as the Presidio -- and its fate -- has been part of their lives for decades. In 2001, when the park changed hands from the U.S. Army -- under whose care it had rested for 148 years -- to the national park system, speculation and rumors about its future swirled. Would Lucasfilm transform a 23-acre part of the park into the Letterman Digital Arts Center? It did. Would high-end condos replace Army barracks? They didn't.
August 7, 2009 |
Gap founder Donald Fisher assembled a collection of some of the best contemporary art from the last 50 years and decided he wanted to build a museum for it in the heart of the Presidio, a historic landmark and national park. After a two-year battle with preservationists, Fisher, 80, abandoned that ambition last month.