Posts Tagged ‘officers’ club’

Well Here It Is, Your Moment of Zen: A Nine-Minute Video Called “Rehabilitating the Presidio Officers’ Club – An Overview”

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Our Presidio Trust just posted a video to the YouTube about the OC being in rehab.

You people want history* in the Presidio? Well here, have some, via un film du Melissa Peabody:

“No place in the Presidio is more beloved than the historic Officers’ Club, located on the Main Post. Over the course 235 years, the building has played many roles. It served as offices and living quarters for the fort commander, as a post headquarters, as officers’ quarters, and as a social center for the Spanish, Mexican, and United States armies. With each new use the building has grown and evolved, like the Presidio itself.

Today, the oldest and most revered building in the Presidio (and one of the two oldest in San Francisco) is undergoing a comprehensive historic rehabilitation that will revive its original grandeur and restore it as a focal point for visitors and as a venue for cultural events.

This video provides an overview of the Officers’ Club history and plans for returning it to its place as the Presidio’s premiere social destination.

The Officers’ Club will reopen as a community and social hub housing the Presidio Heritage Center in 2013. The project is expected to receive a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

This film is by Melissa Peabody. Copyright 2012, Presidio Trust”

*As opposed to a modern art building or a lodge or a working movie theatre or anything else the richers of the Marina actively fight against…

San Francisco’s Presidio Once Again Wins Preservation Design Awards: Officer’s Club and Landmark Projects

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

All the deets, below.

Via Presidio Trust

“PRESIDIO TAKES HOME TWO PRESTIGIOUS PRESERVATION DESIGN AWARDS
OFFICERS’ CLUB AND PRESIDIO LANDMARK PROJECTS HONORED

Presidio of San Francisco (October 4, 2011) — An innovative approach to historic preservation of the Presidio’s historic Officers’ Club has earned the Presidio Trust a Preservation Design award from the California Preservation Foundation (CPF). The award in the Culture Resources Studies and Reports category was one of two the Trust received at the CPF’s 28TH annual awards ceremony Saturday night. The rehabilitation of the Presidio Landmark was also honored in the Preservation category. These projects were among 27 winners in nine categories statewide.

It is the third consecutive year the Trust has earned a Preservation Design Award.

“It is a great honor to receive these awards from the California Preservation Foundation,” said Craig Middleton, the Trust’s executive director. “We take great pride in preserving the historic fabric and character of the Presidio and it is extremely gratifying when those efforts are recognized by an organization such as the CPF.”

The award for its Non-Destructive Evaluation Report, honors the Trust’s ground-breaking use of technology in preservation of the adobe walls inside the historic Officers’ Club. Using thermal imaging technology, similar to that used by fire departments to find hot spots or people in trapped in burning buildings, the Trust was able to map moisture levels and cavities inside the walls without having to drill into them or tear them down. Guided by these “maps” crews are now able to repair the walls using new adobe bricks.
“This is true preservation and conservation at its best and it’s exciting that the California Preservation Foundation has recognized that with their award,” says Christian Wallace a Project Manager for Planning and Historical Rehabilitation with the Trust.

The oldest and most loved building in the Presidio, and the oldest in San Francisco, the Officers’ Club is undergoing a complete rehabilitation that includes the repair and restoration of all significant historic spaces, the construction of new exhibit space and event venues, and seismic upgrades and improvements to enhance accessibility for people with disabilities. Work is scheduled to be completed late next year and the project is expected to receive a LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

While the award is a first for the rehabilitation of the Officers’ Club, it is the sixth award for the Presidio Landmark project since its completion in July, 2010 and comes on the heels of a Gold Level Building Design+Construction, Reconstruction Award. The Presidio Landmark awards recognize the Trust, and its partner, Forest City Development, for the rehabilitation of the former Public Health Service Hospital and its transformation into 154 residential apartments.

The Trust and its partners in historic rehabilitation have now won a total of seven Preservation Design Awards since 2000. Past winners include:

Ø 2010 Cultural Resource Study Award—for the Cultural Landscape of the Presidio’s Fort Scott
Ø 2009 Rehabilitation (Large Category) Award—for the rehabilitation of a former army airplane hangar for La Petite Baleen, a children’s swim school
Ø 2009 Craftsman/Preservation Technology Award—for the restoration of the Presidio’s historic Arguello Gate
Ø 2006 Rehabilitation Award—for the rehabilitation of an historic warehouse for Senspa, a stunning day spa
Ø 2000 Rehabilitation Award—for the rehabilitation of the Presidio Fire Station

Founded in 1977, the California Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of California’s diverse cultural and architectural heritage. With over 1,500 members it is the leading voice for historic preservation in the state. Since 1984 the foundation’s highly competitive Preservation Design Awards program has honored exceptional historic preservation projects for excellence in design, construction, planning and technology.

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Presidio is one of the largest and most ambitious historic preservation projects underway in the United States. The Presidio’s historic buildings represent the nation’s most comprehensive collection of military architecture, dating from the Civil War through the Cold War, including homes and barracks that reflect how the military social hierarchy and domestic life evolved in the Presidio. Since 1994, approximately 75 percent of the park’s historic structures have been rehabilitated for new uses. The Trust has won numerous awards for planning and historic preservation.”

At the Presidio: Just One Month Left for “War and Dissent: U.S. in the Philippines”

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

This link will get you up to speed on the big exhibit at San Francisco’s Presidio - “War and Dissent: The U.S. in the Philippines 1898-1915.” But the show’s over on February 22, 2009, so there’s just one month left to get up there. Tomorrow night, as promised, there’ll be a slide presentation and book signing by authors Abraham Ignacio and Jorge Emmanuel.

See you there!

THE POLITICS OF CARTOONS: EXPLORING THE FORBIDDEN BOOK IN THE PRESIDIO
 
The Making of The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons                     

As part of the War & Dissent exhibit at the Presidio, a unique slide presentation and discussion will be led by authors of THE FORBIDDEN BOOK, Abraham Ignacio and Jorge Emmanuel.  A book signing will follow the presentation.
 
Through a combination of text and extraordinary cartoons, THE FORBIDDEN BOOK explores the media’s portrayal of American conquest during the period of the Philippine-American War.
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 7:00 PM, Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco
                                    Free Admission
 
            FREE EXHIBIT: War and Dissent: The U.S. in the Philippines 1898-1915
The Spanish American War of 1898 and the Philippine War that immediately followed it were turning points in both the United States’ role in the world and in the history of the Presidio of San Francisco. This free, mixed-media exhibit, tells the story of a little-known war that had momentous consequences for both Americans and Filipinos. The exhibit chronicles the growth of the Presidio into a major military installation and the rise of the United States into an imperial power. It explores the dissent that erupted around the war and examines the war through the eyes of a Filipino family caught in the conflict and an American soldier who trained at the Presidio. The exhibit’s nine themed galleries feature San Francisco monuments, photographs, diaries, letters and political cartoon that trace the full sweep of the conflict.
 
                                    War and Dissent: The U.S. in the Philippines 1898-1915
                                    Through February 22 at the Presidio Officers’ Club
                                    50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco
                                    Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm
                                    Free Admission

“War and Dissent: U.S. in the Philippines” Continues in the Presidio

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The War and Dissent: U.S. in the Philippines 1898-1915 exhibit will continue in the Presidio until February 22nd, 2009. It’s a nice collection of detailed wall displays that would be especially appropriate for school tours.

Check out famous but obscure Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in this graphic. The U.S. government sends a rent check (about what you’d pay for a large apartment in Pacific Heights) over every month that the Cuban government (almost always) refuses to cash. Click to expand:

See you there!

SPECIAL EVENTS

Shadows of War Performance: The Lopez Family in the Philippines 1901
Four Thursday Performances from 7 to 8 pm: November 6, December 4, January 8, and February 5.
Presidio Officers’ Club
Produced by San Francisco’s Bindlestiff Studio, this multi-media dramatic production inspired by the exhibition will feature Filipino-American actors and live music.

The Making of The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons
Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 7 – 8 pm Presidio Officers’ Club
A slide presentation by authors Abraham Ignacio and Jorge Emmanuel. A book signing will follow the talk.

New Exhibit at the Presidio – War and Dissent: U.S. in the Philippines

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

War and Dissent: U.S. in the Philippines 1898-1915
October 22, 2008 – February 22, 2009
Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Avenue
FREE!

This was the scene last night in the Presidio as curator and historian Dr. Randy Delehanty showed off the first of nine galleries at the Presidio Officers’ Club. 

You should check it out. Related events below.

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The Spanish-American War of 1898 — and the Philippine War that immediately followed it — were turning points in the United States’ role in the world and had a great impact on the Presidio of San Francisco. The war in the Philippines also triggered strong dissent within the United States as the nation changed from a republic based on the consent of the governed to the possessor of a colonial empire.

This mixed media exhibit of photographs, San Francisco monuments, diaries, letters, political cartoons, recordings, maps, and flags looks at the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars from several points of view, including Filipino points of view, in nine themed galleries.

SPECIAL EVENTS

History Comes Alive
Saturday, October 25, 11 am – 3 pm
Pershing Square, across from Presidio Officers’ Club
How did soldiers feel as they prepared to ship out to the Philippines? A recreated army encampment presented by the National Park Service will feature uniformed re-enactors and the voices for and against America’s first overseas war.

Shadows of War Performance: The Lopez Family in the Philippines 1901
Four Thursday Performances from 7 to 8 pm: November 6, December 4, January 8, and February 5.
Presidio Officers’ Club
Produced by San Francisco’s Bindlestiff Studio, this multi-media dramatic production inspired by the exhibition will feature Filipino-American actors and live music.

Redmond Kernan Lecture Series: Meet the Chair of the Philippines National Historical Institute
Wednesday, October 29, 7 – 8:30 pm
Presidio Officers’ Club
Filipino historian, journalist, academic, and author Ambeth Ocampo offers his perspective on the Philippines War of Independence. Ocampo is the chair of the Philippines National Historical Institute and chair of the National Commission for Culture in the Arts.

The Making of The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons
Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 7 – 8 pm
Presidio Officers’ Club
A slide presentation by authors Abraham Ignacio and Jorge Emmanuel. A book signing will follow the talk.