Architecture: Eclectic Anomalies
Certain unique buildings at the Presidio stand alone in their innovative architectural styles. For example, the U.S. Coast Guard Life Saving Station was designed in the Coast Guard's traditional Dutch Colonial style and is the only structure of its kind in the park. Other eclectic buildings at the Presidio include the log cabin non-commissioned officers' club at Fort Scott and the small Funston Avenue cottage topped with a large mansard roof. These buildings were probably the whimsical products of the combination of standard building plans with local styles.
Did You Know?
Major Jonathan Letterman--after whom the hospital at the Presidio was renamed in 1911--was the medical director of the Army of the Potomac. A founding father of military medicine, Letterman organized forward first-aid stations, mobile field hospitals, and ambulance services during the Civil War.