THE PRESIDIO: CRISSY FIELD
San Francisco, California
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
View of San Francisco Bay from Crissy Field
Introduction to the Site as a Cultural Landscape: Recognizing Cultural and Natural Resource Values
Crissy Field is part of the Presidio of San Francisco,
which is a unit of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The Crissy Field cultural landscape was listed as a
national historic landmark in 1962. Because of its historic
role as the first Army Air Service coastal defense station
on the West Coast, Crissy Field may also qualify as
a national historic landmark in its own right. In 1994,
when the Presidio's general management plan amendment
was published, buildings at Crissy Field included the
Spanish Revival airfield structures now used for maintenance
of the Presidio, a cluster of World War II temporary
barracks, and an 1890 lifesaving station.
Crissy Airfield at the Presidio of San Francisco
Crissy Field's important natural features include the
most intact and diverse foredune community in San Francisco,
rare serpentine plants, and waterbird and shortbird
habitat. The Golden Gate promenade, which extends along
the length of the shoreline, is heavily used by runners,
walkers, bicyclists, and people walking their dogs.
The offshore waters provide a world-class sailboarding
area. Views from the promenade are spectacular, taking
in the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz Island.