Aquatic Park History
HABS CAL,38-SANFRA,157–4. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540.
Like those thousands of people in 1939, we continue to be drawn to this unique, accessible waterfront edge of San Francisco that includes a cove, a beach, Victorian Park, bocce ball courts and the Bathhouse Building, home to the Park's Maritime Museum and the oldest senior center in the U.S. The history of Aquatic Park is a fascinating story. Our perceptions of and how we use this area have evolved over the decades. And the changes to the physical landscape have been dramatic. Care to find out more? Please keep reading.
Overviews of Aquatic Park history:
Anniversary of San Francisco's Aquatic Park (blog post): brief history with photograph about Aquatic Park's dedication on January 22, 1939 and 75th anniversary in 2014.
Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building (Maritime Museum): overview of the building's history with information on planning your visit.
Did You Know?
San Francisco Fire, 1906. A painting by William A. Coulter. The "Great Earthquake" shook the city at 5:12 am on Wednesday, April 18, 1906. William A. Coulter, a maritime artist and journalist, painted this scene on a ten foot wide window shade that he pulled from a demolished bank building in the rubble of the still-burning city. More...