Architecture: World War II Era (1940 - 1945)

Building 40, constructed in 1941.
Constructed on the Main Post in 1941, Building 40 served as a bachelor officers' quarters in the Presidio during World War II.

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Following the example of other Army bases, the Presidio’s World War II-era buildings were based on standard plans designed for quick and inexpensive construction. As evident in Main Post Building 40, the plans called for very simple rectangular wood-frame buildings with exterior stairs at each end, horizontal wood siding, and asphalt-shingled roofs. This design was applied to all building types indiscriminately; as a result the barracks, mess halls, administrative buildings, post exchanges, chapels, and various other service buildings had similar appearances.
Building 37 today.
Though built as a temporary administrative office in 1941, Building 37--along with most other "temporary" buildings constructed at the Presidio during World War II--still stands today.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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