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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Architecture: Mission Revival (1910 - 1940)

Building 1204, a barracks at Fort Winfield Scott, circa 1930.
Constructed in 1912, Building 1204 was a barracks at Fort Winfield Scott. Photo taken 1924-1938.
National Park Service, GGNRA
The Mission Revival style grew from the desire to base architectural design on the southwest's regional historic influences—namely Spanish colonial history—rather than importing design influences from the east coast. By the early 1900’s, the style was popular in the western United States and was adopted by the Army in its construction of the Fort Winfield Scott barracks. As evident in Building 1204, Mission Revival is characterized by silhouetted shapes that mimic old Spanish missions, with large flat stucco surfaces often punctuated by deep windows and door openings. Exterior surfaces in Mission Revival are usually devoid of ornamental detail; however, the gable and hip roofs are typically sheathed in striking red clay tile.
A barracks at Fort Scott today.
A barracks at Fort Scott today.
National Park Service, GGNRA

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.