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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Officers' Club

The Officers' Club
The modern-day Officers' Club at the Presidio
National Park Service, GGNRA

One of San Francisco’s oldest buildings, the modern-day Officers’ Club was part of the original Spanish Presidio constructed in the late eighteenth century. Adobe walls dating to the 1790’s were incorporated into the front wings of the building when it was first rebuilt by the army around 1847. Though legend has it this adobe was the "Comandancia" (headquarters) of the Spanish-Mexican post, this claim has not been historically verified. In any event, the structure was used from the beginning of the American military’s occupation of the Presidio; early additions also included a wooden pavilion-like assembly room (the Moraga room today) completed in 1885. During the 1930’s, funding from the Works Progress Administration led to the remodeling of the building to include Mission Revival style elements. In the process, substantial remnants of the historic adobe walls were enclosed in lath and plaster and still compose much of the front portion of the building.

The Mission Revival-style tower on the Officers' Club

The Mission Revival style tower on the Officers' Club

Today’s Officers’ Club is the culmination of the many styles, building materials, and historical epochs that have graced the Presidio’s past. Though measuring a modest 188’ x 119’, the building boasts a complex mixture of adobe, concrete, wood-frame, and steel frame components. More recent renovations have continued the use of rustic Spanish-tile gable roofs, heavy rough timber lintels and beams, and decorative iron work that characterize early Spanish colonial architecture. The result is one of the Presidio’s most historic and aesthetically pleasing buildings.
The Officers' Club is the temporary closed for rehabilitation and is expected to reopen in 2013.

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.