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.
Learn why rehabilitation work on the island is so challenging and check out some of the park's latest projects.
Archeology at Golden Gate
Discovering Historic Railroad Tracks
Learn about the preservation project that carefully rebuilt porches back onto the historic Fort Baker army barracks.
Electricity in Battery Townsley
Learn about the labor-intensive process of restoring historic metal-pressed ceilings.
Learn about the cultural landscape efforts to redefine Fort Baker's historic parade ground.
Learn about the careful efforts to preserve and protect this historic cannon.
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