Architecture: World War II Era (1940 - 1945)
Following the example of other Army bases, the Presidio’s World War II-era buildings were based on standard plans designed for quick and inexpensive construction. As evident in Main Post Building 40, the plans called for very simple rectangular wood-frame buildings with exterior stairs at each end, horizontal wood siding, and asphalt-shingled roofs. This design was applied to all building types indiscriminately; as a result the barracks, mess halls, administrative buildings, post exchanges, chapels, and various other service buildings had similar appearances.
Did You Know?
Held to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition drew thousands of visitors to today's Marina district and Presidio bayfront.