Pacific West Region: Aquatic Park, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
- Cultural Landscape: Aquatic Park
- Park: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
- Period of Significance: 1920 - 1945
- Featured Artwork: Sternwheeler, Sailing Ship, SF Bay and Angel Island, 1949, Hubert Buel
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Aquatic Park is a designed historic landscape within San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, west of Fisherman's Wharf on the waterfront. In the 1930s and '40s, the Federal Works Progress Administration and the City of San Francisco Department of Public Works collaborated on developing this area. The design included three buildings designed in the streamline moderne style, ten structures, the Sea Scouts Building, the Municipal Pier, and seawall.
Significant planning and construction of Aquatic Park occurred between 1920 and 1945. The Aquatic Park boathouse, built between 1936 and 1939, is the focal point of the historic district.
The landscape is characterized by complex circulation patterns, large open grassy areas, a bathing beach, a lagoon, and some of the optimal views of San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz Island.
Hubert Buel (1915-1984) captured one of these views in his 1949 painting Sternwheeler, Sailing Ship, SF Bay and Angel Island. A native Californian, Buel was a prolific watercolor artist for more than fifty years. The majority of his works were painting with transparent watercolors. This particular painting shows a portion of the park landscape and an early proposal exhibiting the historic ships.
In addition to subject matter near his home, Buel worked briefly as an animator at the Walt Disney Studios and also painted in Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, and during his service as a U.S. Naval Officer in the islands of the South Pacific.
Last updated: January 10, 2018