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More Revealing Photos of the Presidio’s Proposed CAMP Museum

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Well, here it is – the proposed Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio (CAMP). Can you see it all covered in grass here?

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That’s the kind of thing you’ll see these days at the Main Post Information Center:

Want to learn more about the proposed vision for the Main Post and about the planning process? Illustrations and other information about proposed projects will be displayed at the Main Post Information Center. Presidio Trust staff will be on hand to answer questions, and comment cards will be available.

Building 105 Montgomery Street
March 6 through April 18
Fridays and Saturdays — 10 am to Noon (drop in)

If you have questions, please call the Presidio Trust Public Affairs Office at (415) 561-5418.

This is what you’ll find at Building 105 during visitors hours:

Building 101 (the southernmost Montgomery Street Barrack) on the left, the larger Gallery Building all covered in grass in the middle, and the “back of house” Facilities Building on the right (large square).

A different view of the 3D model. CAMP on the right and the three-screen theatre on the left:

Comparing the heights of the existing buildings with the CAMP proposal:

We’re done with the model – here’s another watercolour. The cantilevered CAMP roof shown: 

Key Projects:

And the final watercolor - dolled-up visitors (a tad overdressed in the early morning sun, non?) looking north towards the Future:

There must be more-detailed depictions somewhere out there in the world, but they haven’t found their way online yet.

Patience…

Just Released: Revised Plans for the Presidio Main Post – Museum, Theatre, Lodge

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Well here it’s here - the revised plans, posted tonight – February 26th, 2009, for the Main Post area of San Franciso’s Presidio. Of course, things got a bit heated last year, but it looks like Progress is back on track. So now, you are more than welcome to check out the Summary Brochure or the whole magilla that is the Revised Draft Main Post Update to the Presidio Trust Management Plan. Bone up on these docs and then plan to attend a few meetings:

Public Meeting Wednesday, April 1 (no fooling), 8:30AM[!] to 10:00AM Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop

Presidio Trust Public Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday, April 7, 6:30PM to ???? Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Avenue

Public Meeting Thursday, April 16, 6:00PM to 7:30PM Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop

Of course, the Presido is a special place, home to Aloha Festivals, aggressive policing, active volunteers, misinformed Fox shock jocks wandering around at night, living history, first class bike lanes, and colorful, noisy, loving, wild parrots, so you might be interested. See you there at the (endless) meetings!

This is the plan, below (as opposed to the old plan pictured here). The answer to those, such as Andy J. Wang of Curbed SF, who question whether the “white box” will live: No. About which more anon. Note the expansion of the currently abandoned Presdio Theatre (aka Main Post Theatre, aka “massive multiplex” aka The Rat House) in the upper left and also the Lodge (aka “massive hotel”) near the middle. (Also note the new Walt Disney Family Museum (aka The Mouse House, aka Building 104) - on the upper right – see the lighter colored terrace of one of the barracks? Don’t worry about it though – it’s a done deal, opening soon.)

 

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Some more detail. The revised proposal for the Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio (CAMP) is set for a lower height than last year’s proposal and, in fact, a lower height than the building it will replace - the doomed Presidio Bowling Center. Note the green roof of the art museum - that’s new as well.

Speaking of doomed, this 700-car parking lot is similarly not long for this world. What’s that – you like to drive in from Marin, park here and then go about your business every day? Sure you do, but you’ll just have to make do. See the white outlines in the lower picture? That shows the maximum size of the Lodge on the left and CAMP in the middle. Unless the new architects are more Gluckman than Gluckman (he’s a minimalist, you know), the revised CAMP proposal will be a bit more complex than the lower, smaller, quasi-underground rectangular box shown. We won’t know the details until the San Francisco Chronicle’s John King is good and ready to let us in the secret, per Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal (NB to FCJ commenter HB: The billion dollars plus worth of art in question is currently not “properly mounted” and can not “easily be accessed by the public.”)

Are you still reading? Wow. All right, here’s your Supplement to the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (February 2009). Click away:

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
  • Appendix A – Transportation
  • More deets after the jump.

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    Presidio Trust Public Board of Directors Meeting a Huge Success

    Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

    The Presidio Trust wanted a big turnout, and that’s what they got. How many folks showed up last night at the Presidio Trust Public Board of Directors meeting? More than 500 and less than 1000. Read a vivid account here.

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    These poor souls had to wait about 45 minutes before being admitted, but nobody was “turned away,” as has been alleged. Across the street you can see the “First Amendment Area” at Moraga and Monkey. That’s the nicest time, place, manner free speech area this lawyer has ever seen.

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    The news of the evening is that public comment period will be extended to September, so expect another big meeting like this one. A transcript will be available soon, so let’s wait on that before getting into this too much.

    Is there a NIMBY backlash developing among area youth?

    The Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, was booed by a good chunk of the mob after he voiced support for the CAMP museum as well as the entire Presidio Trust proposal. Only in San Francisco….

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    In the words of world-famous architect Richard Gluckman, “Working in San Francisco is not like anywhere else.”

    Here’s what Angelo King of the Bayview Hunter’s Point Project Area Committee has to say, and here’s the official case made for the museum:

  • Over one thousand works of art from every facet of modern art – from sculptures and video installations to paintings and prints.
  • Greening of the Main Post Parade ground that is now a parking lot into a magnificent public park.
  • Rehabilitating existing historic buildings
  • Hands-on artists, ceramic and photography studios
  • C.A.M.P. is privately funded and will be a gift to the people of San Francisco
  • To be continued…

    Presidio Trust Public Board of Directors Meeting Tonight at 6:30 PM. It’s on!

    Monday, July 14th, 2008

    Well it seems like it takes forever to get anything done in this town, but we’ll be passing another milestone tonight. In the words of well-informed Marisa Lagos:

    Controversy over a series of proposed developments in the Presidio’s Main Post- most notably Gap founder Don Fisher’s 100,000-square-foot modern art museum – is heating up in advance of a meeting Monday.”

    Make sure you get to the correct location

    Presidio Herbst International Exhibition Hall, 385 Moraga Avenue (next to the Presidio Officers’ Club on the Main Post). The public is invited to offer comments on the draft Presidio Trust Management Plan Main Post Update Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (read more). If you have questions, please call the Presidio Trust Public Affairs Office at (415) 561-5418. View the board meeting agenda.”

    There seems to be a lot of interest in these developments:

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    This is what the start of the Main Post Walking Tour looks like. Feel free to check out this guided tour before tonight’s board meeting:

    “Monday, July 14, 4:30 to 6 pm. Meet Outside the Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Avenue. On this easy-to-moderate 90-minute guided walk, Presidio Trust staff will discuss ideas for revitalizing the Main Post as the heart of an urban national park. Get answers to your questions and find out how you can make your opinions heard in this public process.”

    But what about you? Where can you protest?

    “A ‘First Amendment’ Area has been established on the lawn at the northwest corner of the intersection of Montgomery Street and Moraga Avenue, set back five feet from any sidewalk.”

    (Yes, it’s odd that the San Francsico index of streetnames has two Moragas and two Montgomerys.)

    Conveniently, this location is right next to the board meeting, the site of our new Richard Gluckman-designed CAMP museum, and the defunct movie theatre that’s scheduled to be reopened one of these days.  

    But the whole idea is to get inside and participate in the process, so why not? You’ll be able to see how many NIMBYs will turn out – you know, San Francisco has more than its fair share of NIMBYs. They’ll identify themselves by telling you how many years they’ve lived in such and such neighborhood.

    Then they’ll proceed with their favorite rhetorical trope, the metaphor. Which metaphor will prove most popular?

    A. Monster. Includes “giant” and other words connoting size.

    B. Alien. Includes any reference to otherworldliness.

    C. Disease. Includes anything cancer-related, such as “spread” or “metastasize.” (This one is a long-shot)

    D. Any other metaphor.

    And while we’re on the topic, the drinking game watchwords tonight will be separated into two categories, adjective and adverb. Hoist a drink upon hearing any mention of the word inappropriate. That game is for professional drinkers only, so as an alternative, take a drink of your favorite intoxicant when you hear either completely or totally in the same sentence as the aforementioned inappropriate.

    So there you have it. See you there!

    Check out the Presidio Main Post via Free Walking Tours this Summer

    Monday, June 16th, 2008

    Well, as promised, park officials over at the Presidio led a tour on Sunday describing new proposals for the area around the Main Post.

    Yesterday, a good turnout of about 75 people went on a 1.5 hour tour of El Presidio and the Main Post. Tour participants inside the Presdio Officer’s Club, click to expand:

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    It’s your Presdio, of course, so feel free to attend other walking tours scheduled for this summer:

    Come see for yourself what proposals for the Presidio are all about. On this easy-to-moderate 90-minute guided walk, Presidio Trust staff will describe the birthplace of San Francisco at the heart of the Presidio – the historic Main Post – and discuss ideas for revitalizing it as the heart of an urban national park. Learn about proposals for a heritage center, an archaeology lab, public uses in the iconic brick barracks, a park lodge, reuse of the historic theatre, and a museum of contemporary art. Get answers to your questions and find out how you can make your opinions heard in this public process.

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    July 14th will be the next big event in the process of Bringing Back the Heart of the Presidio, as they say.

    See you there!

    The SFChron’s John King Proposes Moving CAMP Museum, Louvre Pyramid

    Friday, June 13th, 2008

    Well, just kidding about the San Francisco Chronicle Urban Design Writer John King wanting to move La Pyramide du Louvre, but wouldn’t that big old museum in Paris be so much nicer if this modern glass pyramid were moved, say, just 150 yards to the south?

    If you agree (or even if you don’t), head on over to Curbed SF and get your vote on about the siting of the soon-to-be fabulous Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio.

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    Juxtaposition! Sacrebleu! Quelle horreur! Caio Basillio via Flickr 

    And while you’re at it, you might as well mark your calenders for the walking tour of the Main Post of the Presidio scheduled for 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 15th

    Come see for yourself what proposals for the Presidio are all about. On this easy-to-moderate 90-minute guided walk, Presidio Trust staff will describe the birthplace of San Francisco at the heart of the Presidio – the historic Main Post – and discuss ideas for revitalizing it as the heart of an urban national park. Learn about proposals for a heritage center, an archaeology lab, public uses in the iconic brick barracks, a park lodge, reuse of the historic theatre, and a museum of contemporary art. Get answers to your questions and find out how you can make your opinions heard in this public process. Layered clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Of course, comfortable shoes are always recommended. See you there, mon frère!

    Fabulous New Contemporary Art Museum Coming to San Francisco’s Presidio

    Monday, June 9th, 2008

    Plans for fixing up the Presidio are afoot. You like modern art, right? Well then brace yourself for the Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio (CAMP) (or “Contemporary Art Museum Presidio” as the Chron refers to it).  

    Will northern San Francisco be flooded with people like this on a daily basis? Well sure, but it’s only going to be a thousand or so extra folks per day, if you average it out.

    Still afraid of the future? Then check out some of the stuff that will be finally be open to public access via a well-made video of Art Critic Kenneth Baker and famous GAP-per Don Fisher. Or take a look at related documents and see the schedule for the upcoming walking tours.

    Oh, that’s right, you don’t mind art, but it’s that crazy new building that’s the issue? Here’s a photo of a photo illustration (which probably shouldn’t be labeled a “photo” but oh well) that shows one possible layout. Or check out this view below. That’s not so scary, is it?

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    Of course not. See? You were worried over nothing. Let’s take a few more views. Here’s Christmas present (click to expand):

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    And here is Christmas future (note the cut-and-cover tunnel where wobbly Doyle Drive used to be and an assortment of birds with 50-foot wingspans):

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    But before anything gets started, the people in charge of the Presidio will make sure that all voices are heard so everything is nice and legal. To wit, here’s the Presidio Trust Executive Director (and UC Santa Barbara alum) Craig Middleton accepting input from local residents just last week:

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    Plans for improving the Presidio have been brewing for a while and now things are approaching a full boil. Now’s your chance to get involved, if you want. Your choice.