Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Ceramics and Pottery
These pieces of a polychrome (multi-colored) porcelain bowl was discovered at Sutro Baths. It is believed to be Japanese Import, possibly from the Imari Tradition, which was notable for its bright cobalt blue, red, and gold designs. During the late 1800s, Asian Import ceramics were extremely popular with Europeans and Americans. They reflected a growing Western world view that high-class citizens should be aware and educated about other cultures. San Francisco was an extremely trend-conscious young city at the time, and Asian Import ceramics are common at sites across the city from this time period.
This transferware ceramic vessel depicts an elaborate 18th century pastoral scene….a young gentleman clad in fashionable clothes plays the flute for a woman richly dressed with yellow and red dress, white wig, and fan. "Transferware" refers to a kind of ceramic decoration that developed in England in the 1700s that used inked designs to transfer images onto unglazed ceramics. Previously, workers hand-painted designs onto ceramic vessels, either before or after the pieces were fired. The process was time consuming and did not produce standardized results. Transferware revolutionized the ceramics industry because it made creating detailed, standard images possible for a lower cost. This ceramic sherd was discovered at a prehistoric midden at Lands End.
These pieces of brown-on-white transferprint ceramic form part of a saucer or cup. Although the piece is believed to be manufactured in England or the United States, it is decorated to reflect an Asian theme. The interior is decorated with a band of repeating decorative panels, floral tableaus with bamboo and cherry or plum blossom alternating with scenes of ships and rocky shores. The exterior is decorated with larger sprigs of blossoms and leaves, surrounding a scalloped panel of maritime scene with a junk style ship on ocean with rocky shore. Western-made copies of Asian style ceramics were popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These sherds were recovered from Merrie Way Stands, a popular food and goods concessionaire at the amusement park above Sutro Baths.
Did You Know?
Sweeney Ridge holds the site where the Spanish became the first Europeans to discover the San Francisco bay?