Preservation at Golden Gate National Recreation Area

At Golden Gate, one of our most imporant jobs is to protect, preserve and rehabilitate our cultural resources, including historic buildings, landscapes, archeology, artifacts and structures. Before we start any project, we conduct research to fully understand the historic significance of the resource, evaluate different alternatives to determine how a project will impact a resource, and make decisions to ensure the future of the resource.
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Preservation on Alcatraz

Learn why rehabilitation work on the island is so challenging and check out some of the park's latest projects.

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Archeology at Golden Gate

Learn about archeological sites and historic artifacts at the park.

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Discovering Historic Railroad Tracks

Learn about the historic railroad tracks found in a Fort Mason Center miltary warehouse.

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Historic Porch Reconstruction

Learn about the preservation project that carefully rebuilt porches back onto the historic Fort Baker army barracks.

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Electricity in Battery Townsley

Learn about the volunteer preservation efforts in making this World War II battery open to the public.

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Stripping Metal-pressed Ceilings

Learn about the labor-intensive process of restoring historic metal-pressed ceilings.

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Reclaiming a Military Parade Ground

Learn about the cultural landscape efforts to redefine Fort Baker's historic parade ground.

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Protecting Battery Chamberlin

Learn about the careful efforts to preserve and protect this historic cannon.

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The Museum Collection & Park Archive and Records Center

Learn about the park's vast museum collection and how to conduct research at the park's archive and records center.


What is Historic Preservation?

"Historic preservation" is the act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the exiting form, integrity and materials of a historic property. For example, a preservation project can be converting a historic army barracks into an office building or re-using a historic airplane hangar as a small aviation museum. All National Park Service preservation projects must comply with national standards and guidelines. The preservation guidelines exist to ensure that careful analysis is conducted before the professionals make any physical changes to historic structures and landscapes. Because of these preservation guidelines, you should be able to walk into that new office building or aviation museum and still feel and understand how that historic building was originally used.

Learn more about how the National Park Service celebrates American history

To learn more the National Park Service's American History, various Heritage Initiatives, Thematic Frameworks and service-wide historic preservation prjoects, please visit Discover History and Historic Preservation in the National Park Service

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022


(415) 561-4700
Pacific West Region Information Center (415) 561-4700 Special Event & Commercial Film Permits (415) 561-4300

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