The Shutdown, Brokedown Military Observation Tower of the Presidio Has Finally Been Removed, Replaced

I just found out that the Great Military Observation Tower of the Presidio is no more. It poked above the eucalyptus, so they had to they had to paint it #17875 White and #12197 Aviation Orange, just like Sutro Tower. But now this sweet tower is gone.

You could see the whole bay area from up there – probably with a similar view that you’d get atop a Golden Gate Bridge tower. And it was accessible – you could just hop the fence (while minding the concertina wire) and then use the internal staircase to get to the platform up top. It was sweet:

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But then then took out the first flight of stairs, so you couldn’t just walk up the thing and then they put up a cell tower right next door and then, not too long ago, they took the observation tower down.

So here’s the situation today. Cell tower on the left, and the site of the observation tower (the now-empty square) on the right:

The above shot via Google Maps is from 9-11-2010. (Google has no hassles photographing the Presidio from above, of course.)

Anyway, here’s how things look from Ashbury Heights – the cell tower is there, but the observation tower, Sutro Tower’s Little Buddy, is all gone:

Oh well.

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2 Responses to “The Shutdown, Brokedown Military Observation Tower of the Presidio Has Finally Been Removed, Replaced”

  1. Maria says:

    I remember when we were in highschool daring each other to climb up that. It was awesome, when it was raining and storming out was the best, completely terrifying to climb up that thing in the rain, but the view from the top was so worth it! It was so much fun to try to sneak along the side of the building, climb under a hole in a fence that our friend made, and be risky.

    Too bad another generation of SF high schoolers dont get to use that and the haunted hospital for their saturday night entertainment.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Figured that’s what happened. A bit scary going up there…