Architecture: Utilitarian (1860 to the present)
As their name suggests, the function of Utilitarian buildings usually dictated their design. Monunments to practicality, such structures are usually constructed with inexpensive materials and showcase limited applied detail. Examples of Utilitarian buildings at the Presidio include long, rectangular wood-frame warehouses and the tall, wide airplane hangars on Crissy Field. Despite their simple functions, some utilitarian structures nevertheless contain special details such as arched window frames or hipped roofs.
Did You Know?
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.