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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Architecture: Queen Anne (1880 - 1890)

Building 59 circa 1930
Constructed on the Main Post in 1885, Building 59 served as an officer's quarters. Photo taken 1924-1938.
National Park Service, GGNRA
Imported from England during the mid-nineteenth century, the eclectic Queen Anne style was based on historic models of decorative medieval forms. Similar to Victorian architecture, building plans in the Queen Anne style are often asymmetrical, featuring wrap-around porches, turrets, angled roof brackets, and different combinations and applications of exterior building materials. The large officers' quarters located at Funston and Presidio Boulevards represent the Presidio's version of the Queen Anne style, which features a cleaner, less ornate design than the colorful civilian homes found throughout the San Francisco.
Buildings 59 and 58 today.
Buildings 59 and 58 (behind as they appear today.
National Park Service, GGNRA

Did You Know?

The San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio

The National Cemeteries Act was based on the principles articulated by President Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address--"that these dead shall not have died in vain." Passed by Congress in 1863, the law established thirteen cemeteries to inter veterans of the Armed Forces and their families.