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 »
Funston Avenue Officers' Houses
Constructed during the Civil War to house officers’ and their families, these homes on Funston Avenue were originally designed to face the new Civil War parade ground to the west. In 1878, however, the front porch on each house was reattached to the back side, reorienting the houses to provide a more pleasing appearance to visitors from San Francisco entering the Presidio on the Alameda. By the mid-1880’s, the addition of white picket fences, street lamps, and gardens further enhanced the beauty of Funston Avenue, and over the years, bay windows, gables, and dormers were added to create the charming homes seen today.
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.