Architecture: Utilitarian (1860 to the present)
As their name suggests, the function of Utilitarian buildings usually dictated their design. Monunments to practicality, such structures are usually constructed with inexpensive materials and showcase limited applied detail. Examples of Utilitarian buildings at the Presidio include long, rectangular wood-frame warehouses and the tall, wide airplane hangars on Crissy Field. Despite their simple functions, some utilitarian structures nevertheless contain special details such as arched window frames or hipped roofs.
Last updated: February 28, 2015