• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

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Funston Avenue Officers' Houses

Officer's home on Funston Avenue
An officer's house on Funston Avenue in the late 1800s
 
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.
 
A house on Funston Avenue today
A house on Funston Avenue today
 

Did You Know?

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In 1872, there was a proposal in Congress for the Presidio to become a San Francisco city park. The Army reported that 800 acres were required for national defense, provided barracks be relocated. Despite Congressman Cole's attempts, however, the Presidio reservation remained intact.