The Presidio

History

The Presidio is packed with history! It is at this site where Ohlone Native American tribes first encountered Spanish and European colonists in 1776. This occupation was lead by the Spanish explorer, Juan Bautista de Anza. In later years, the Presidio served as a center for defense during World War II, where the order to sentence Japanese-Americans to internment camps was signed. The Presidio's towering pine, cypress, and eucalyptus trees were planted by the Army in the mid 1800's as a way to fortify their camp from blustering winds and minimizing enemy visibility. Before this, the Presidio was characterized as having rolling grassy hills. 

Art In the Presidio

"Spire", conceptualized by Andy Goldsworthy, is a 90 foot sculpture comprised of 38 cypress tress that were fallen to clear room for new growth.  Goldsworthy created two other site-specific pieces including "Woodline" and "Tree Fall"

The Presidio is home to the Palace of Fine Arts. The Palace of Fine Arts was originally built to exhibit artwork in the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, a world's fair hosted in San Francisco. Its Greco-Roman architecture is bursting with beautifully designed details, including depictions of the birth of Art. 

 

Directions

San Francisco Take the Golden Gate transit bus #70 to Golden Gate Bridge Plaza. Take the stairs left on Coastal Trail then right on Battery East Trail. Keep left towards Long Avenue and continue descending the stairs. The Warming Hut is along the San Francisco Bay Trail. 

East Bay Take SFO or Millbra-bound BART to Civic Center/Union Plaza. Catch the Golden Gate #70 transit bus on the corner of McAllister and Hyde and follow the above directions. 

We will be set up in the field behind The Warming Hut, on the side furthest from the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Parking

There is a metered parking lot in the field behind The Warming Hut at $1.00 per hour and $6.00 for all day parking.