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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Main Post

Officers' family housing on Funston Avenue of the Main Post was constructed in the early 1860s.

Officers' housing on Funston Avenue was constructed in the early 1860's.

The historical heart of the Presidio, the Main Post marks the site of the original Spanish presidio established in 1776. This site served as a Spanish military base for 45 years, was under Mexican control for 25 years and, starting in 1846, was an important U.S. Army post for over 140 years. The Presidio's oldest existing buildings are found on the Main Post.

Click here to explore the sites on the Presidio's Main Post.


Did You Know?

Franciscan monk

In 1776, Father Pedro Font wrote, "The port of San Francisco...is a marvel of nature, and might well be called a harbor of harbors...And I think if it could be well settled like Europe there would not be anything more beautiful in all the world."