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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Montgomery Street Barracks

Troops in front of Montgomery Street Barracks
Soldiers parade before the Montgomery Steet barracks as officers look on.
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives
 
Montgomery Street barracks blueprint

A floor plan for one of the barracks on Montgomery Street.

The enlisted soldiers’ barracks on Montgomery Street—colloquially known as "Infantry Row"—were constructed to accommodate the influx of troops at the Presidio during the 1890’s, when many frontier forts were closed. Constructed in the Colonial Revival style, these were among the first brick barracks constructed in the western United States and, as such, were a demonstration of the Presidio’s stature as a permanent and significant army post. The barracks—each of which housed a company of 110 soldiers—were all built according to the same floor plan; the first floor contained a recreation room, mess hall, and kitchen and the men slept on the upper two floors.
 
Main Post artillery drill
An artillery drill in front of Montgomery Street barracks, circa 1898.
Bob Bowen Collection
 

Did You Know?

Refugees in line for supplies, 1906

In the three days following the 1906 earthquake, the Army's refugee camps at the Presidio issued 3,000 tents, 12,000 shelter halves, 13,000 ponchos, 58,000 pairs of shoes, and 24,000 regulation blue shirts.