Posts Tagged ‘Public Health Service Hospital’

Oh Wow: Tony Robles, Former Doorman at the Pricey Presidio Landmark Apartments, Unloads in the Pages of Poor Magazine

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Oh wow, man. Former Presidio Landmark Apartments doorman Tony Robles tells his tale in Poor Magazine (aka Prensa Pobre).

Alls I can say is that it’s an interesting mix of fact and opinion. One of the first grafs is below and the whole thing is in the link above.

Anyway, I guess a lot more people are living there these days – here’s what’s on Yelp about this building.

And here’s the place itself, way on the right, from the deck of one of those nearby multi-floor townhomes:

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Here it is:

“The edifice I refer to is the Presidio Landmark Apartments, located in the city’s Presidio on Wedemeyer St. near 14th Ave.  I was working at this insular, hermetically sealed, self-aggrandizing, pseudo palace—home to CEO’s and hedge funders—in the capacity of door attendant.  My brown face was the first you’d see when walking through the French doors.  There I would sit, donning a somewhat comical habiliment of tan dockers, innocuous (save for the itching) cotton candy blue shirt, bottomed off with clunky Timberland shoes.  The Presidio Landmark—an ideal locale for one of those obnoxious Lexus Christmas commercials—home to some of the city’s highest rents–nearly $3000 a month for a “junior” one bedroom, $3200-3800 for a one-bedroom, upwards of $4000-5000 for a 2 bedroom, and $7000+ for a multi-floor townhome located in the periphery.  The building casts an ominous presence when approached.  It is situated on a grassy slope, adorned with foliage including succulents, native plants, African varieties—underneath canopy-like palm trees, impassive and pale, stripped of their natural skin.  One gets the impression when approaching this fortress-like structure that something is terribly wrong.  This home of the upwardly mobile, the hedge funders, gentrifiers of neighborhoods—this colonized place sits on the ancestral home of Native people.  It is the structure that was once known as the Merchant Marine and Public Health Service Hospitals.  It was a place that provided free care to native people, including native Hawaiians, people with leprosy, merchant marines and people who didn’t have access to decent healthcare.  It is part of the 42 acre Public Health Service District.  It is the place that was abandoned in the mid 80’s when it was decommissioned by the Reagan administration.  It is a place whose cries can be heard, a place where ancestral spirits cry out for justice against land grabbing developers like Forest City, who, with the Presidio Trust, took the sacred Ohlone land to satisfy its voracious corporate hunger.  The Presidio Landmark: home to the 1%.”

But what’s this, here’s an ad for just $2150, so maybe they’ve lowered their asking prices lately:

*Junior One Bedroom, One Bathroom available for move in 2/8/2012 
*Brand New Luxury Apartment Home 
*Presidio National Park address 
*Beautiful finishes including hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel energy efficient appliances 
*Bosch full-size, in-suite washer and dryer 

Presidio Landmark Features:
LEED Gold Certification 
24-hour Door Attendant
Concierge Services
On-site Maintenance Team 
Massage Room and Spa Services
Private Dining Room with Wine Cellar 
Jacuzzi Hot Tub
Fitness Center/Yoga Room
Beautiful Interior Gardens with Fire Pit and breathtaking views
Parking available at $150/month

Live in luxury at the Presidio Landmark where there is plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the great outdoors; you will have immediate access to the Marina, Laurel Heights and Presidio Heights. Nowhere else in San Francisco will you find an historic building that has been sustainably renovated with modern comforts and conveniences built right in. Host a private dinner party in our Dining Room or catch the MUNI to the Financial District for a night out. 

And there you have it.

The Bay Area’s Military History Shown in a Photo – Not Much Going on in Marin County at Hill 88 and Mt. Tam

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Well, here’s an update to this old post from 2008. The big change since then has been the arrival of the Presidio Landmark apartments. Enjoy:

In the foreground we see the Presidio’s now-abandoned Public Health Service Hospital (PHSH), site of the old U.S. Marine Hospital and Defense Language Institute.

On the left further back in Marin is Hill 88, former site of Integrated Fire Control facility SF-88C Wolf Ridge that used to house W31 nuclear warheads and Nike Ajax / Nike Hercules defensive missiles

And on the right up high is the West Peak of Mount Tamalpais, former home of Mill Valley Air Force Station.

Not much going on at these places these days.


The Presidio Landmark Apartments in the Old PHSH Hospital are Mega Turbo Double Awesome

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

There I was at the Presidio Landmark apartments the other day only to find out that that Philip Ferrato from Curbed SF already beat me to the punch. His metaphorical footprints were all over the place. No matter, let’s take another gander.

And who knows, maybe you’ll have the coin to sign a lease. (And included in that, you’ll get an assigned parking space* for each bedroom(!) you rent. Shhh… don’t tell the StreetsBlog.)

Here it is, as it looked yesterday, with Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton out front talking about what constitutes “Presidio Magic.”

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Hey, didn’t this building used to be a hospital?

A hospital for merchant marines and sailors?

So it would seem.

And hey, wasn’t this place filled with graffiti not too long ago?

Oh yes, but things are all cleaned up now. See? Here’s the very same staircase:

O.K. then.

Now, realize that developer Forest City wants you to come by (by appointment, there’s a waiting list just to see the place, I think) and move in. Look at the greeting you’ll get:

Building 1801 will soon be open for business. (How many tripods do you see in this shot?)

Now, let’s head up on the famous staircase. You won’t find a doorless, open design like this in a SoMA skyscraper owing to fire code regulations. The LandMark will make use of an emergency water curtain setup:

But look here, the old metal handrail assembly was just plopped onto the marble way back in 1932, can you see? No matter, a little rust never hurt no one. This building doesn’t deny its history, that’s for sure.

Now, let’s check out the rooms.

This is part of a one-bedroom that has about 1050(!) square feet. (This particular unit would be used as a three-bedroom in most any other part of the 415.)

And here’s your view. Can you see Mount Sutro? Yes, barely.

But hey, where would former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown hang his red socks to dry after handwashing if he were to live in this building – which is the nicest unit? How about this suite? The entrance is extra long, good for displaying your art, non?  

And here’s the kitchen, complete with island and hood for indoor BBQ.

One of these wings is not like the other/ One of these wings just doesn’t belong…

Right, it’s a three-story add-on! See it on the left? If this building is “anchor-shaped,” you’re looking from the ring down the shank and towards the left fluke. (This will all be clear the next time one of the satellites from Google’s fleet passes over to update the Google Maps.

And there’s a hot tub! It has benches in there so you can face those sitting in the deck chairs.

That’s the tour.

So, here’s the old Public Health Service Hospital back as she was in 1935. (Note just one GGB tower back there.)

And here’s how she was not too long ago with the ugly wings out front:

You’ve come a long way, PHSH.

People are moving in August 1st or something. Will you join them?

*Or you can get a credit for foregoing each parking space, but it won’t be all that much, I’m sure.

Cyclists Move From the Back of the Bus all the Way to First Class in the Presidio

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Boy, you’ve really got to be dedicated to keep up with the developments at the old Public Health Service Hospital in the Presidio. Last night, a total of 33 civic-minded souls got updated on the latest plans for the condoization of the place, including San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar (who’s everywhere you don’t want to be on these dark and stormy nights).

Amid discussion of Canary Island Date Palms in this slide show from Chandler McCoy…

…we get this power point page. It’s the 15th Avenue entrance in the Presidio in the NIMBY-rich SeaCliff / Lake District / northern part of the Richmond area just south of the PHSH worksite. Well you already know about that, but the entrance will be for bike riders only, no cars allowed. See? (That’s not a “sharrow” arrow ’cause there’s no sharing involved with that particular lane.) Conservatory Drive in Golden Gate Park has a similar arrangement but the bike lane there is not as wide. Click to expand:

Vehicular types will just have to use 14th Avenue as the entrance when this plan goes into effect. You can’t ask for more than that, can you, cyclists?

That’s about as much excitement the Presidio will produce for you until word comes about the revised plans for the long-delayed Contemporary Art Museum at the Presidio (CAMP) museum.

Any day now…

Community Update Meeting for the Presidio’s Public Health Service Hospital on February 23

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

The old Building 1801 hospital at the Presidio is still in the process of going from Command Center Delta to new housing, so make sure to keep updated, if you care: 

“A community update meeting for the Public Health Service Hospital District (PHSH) projects will be held on Monday, February 23, at 6:30 pm, in the Cypress Room at the Golden Gate Club.”

Just drive past the doomed (a museum of some sort will end up there), Yelp-rated Presidio Bowling Center (featuring inedible food, per one local “textile painter”), and then past the defunct movie theatre to get to the meeting at 135 Don and Doris Fisher Loop.

See you there.

More deets after the jump.


Making Progress at the Old Public Service Health Hospital in San Francisco

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

The old Public Service Health Hospital in the Presidio near Lake and 15th Avenue was famous for its graffiti, Anne Frank iconography, and thrill-seeking, hatchet-wielding overnight campers.

You can see what it looked like last month here and what it looks like this month right here:

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The two tacked-on wings have been slowly taken down and recycled, so all that’s left is the original building.


The Presidio’s Old Public Service Health Hospital to be Revived as Apartments

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Despite our crippled credit market, all systems are go in the Presidio as Building 1801, aka the Public Service Health Hospital, is now being transformed from an abandoned hulk into 154 apartments

Two ugly, tacked on wings having “no historical value” are coming down right now, so it seems grafitti artists will have to find a new Yelp-rated place to play. Read all about it, and don’t forget to check out the comments from some of the more radical NIMBYS.

The future is now – adaptive reuse is coming to Building 1801 courtesy of ForestCity, which is going for Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status on this project. Click to expand:

Dan Bernal, District Director for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom with Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton and Holly Middleton:

HERE BE DRAGONS – in this case it’s just a Caterpillar with MP-30 Primary Pulverizer Jaws. Hic sunt dracones:

Follow the progress of demolition here.

There’s tons of stuff going on at the Presidio these days. Check the calendar from the Presidio Trust here.

Excelsior! Ever Upward!

Building Full of Graffiti No Match for Caterpillar 385c L UHD

Friday, December 5th, 2008

This is the scene today at the old Public Health Service Hospital in Presidio. All that unauthorized graffiti is being terminated with extreme prejudice by a giant yellow Caterpillar 385c L Ultra High Demolition Hydraulic Excavator with green MP30 Primary Pulverizer Jaws.

What will the kids over at make of this?

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All you can do about it turn on the slideshow, crank up the Beyonce, and cry.

The Bay Area’s Military History Shown in a Photo

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

In the foreground we see the Presidio’s now-abandoned Public Health Service Hospital (PHSH), site of the old U.S. Marine Hospital and Defense Language Institute.

On the left further back in Marin is Hill 88, former site of Integrated Fire Control facility SF-88C Wolf Ridge that used to house W31 nuclear warheads and Nike Ajax / Nike Hercules defensive missiles

And on the right up high is the West Peak of Mount Tamalpais, former home of Mill Valley Air Force Station.

Not much going on at these places these days.