San Francisco, California
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The Presidio’s Main Post is finally coming into its own. Site of the original Spanish garrison built in 1776, this tidy square, framed by brick barracks and white clapboard and stucco buildings, hasn’t offered visitors much beyond The Walt Disney Family Museum and a bowling alley. But fall 2014’s reinvention of the Officers’ Club has put the square front and center. The 37,000-square-foot building acts as a combination visitor center, museum, and gathering place; its Moraga Hall is a real sit-down-and-relax lobby, complete with fireplace, in the tradition of the grandest park lodges. The Heritage Gallery, though, reminds you that the Presidio wasn’t always a place for recreation, but the last stateside stop for tens of thousands of soldiers heading to far-off wars. Soldiers with names like Sutliffe Bither and Hiram Harlow, who wrote letters and kept diaries and whose words came home, even when they didn’t.

Last Reviewed
906 2016

Address

50 Moraga Ave.
San Francisco, CA

Contact

415/561-4400

Presidio Officers' Club

San Francisco, California
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The Presidio’s Main Post is finally coming into its own. Site of the original Spanish garrison built in 1776, this tidy square, framed by brick barracks and white clapboard and stucco buildings, hasn’t offered visitors much beyond The Walt Disney Family Museum and a bowling alley. But fall 2014’s reinvention of the Officers’ Club has put the square front and center. The 37,000-square-foot building acts as a combination visitor center, museum, and gathering place; its Moraga Hall is a real sit-down-and-relax lobby, complete with fireplace, in the tradition of the grandest park lodges. The Heritage Gallery, though, reminds you that the Presidio wasn’t always a place for recreation, but the last stateside stop for tens of thousands of soldiers heading to far-off wars. Soldiers with names like Sutliffe Bither and Hiram Harlow, who wrote letters and kept diaries and whose words came home, even when they didn’t.

Last Reviewed
February 2016

Address

50 Moraga Ave.
San Francisco, CA

Contact

415/561-4400