Archive for February, 2015

Mission Control

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Started this morning, photographing one of the oldest buildings in San Francisco. The original adobe portion of the Presidio was built around 1776 as the northernmost outpost of New Spain in the declining Spanish Empire. One of the key duties of the small Spanish garrison was to support the nearby Mission Dolores.

Here’s a photograph by C. Tucker Beckett from January 1914.

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The Presidio Officers Club has recently undergone extensive renovation and transformation by Perkins + Will into a cultural community-based destination that houses exhibitions, educational programs, fine dining and events spaces.

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Later in the day, I moved on to one of the newest buildings in San Francisco, a  27 story tower, located co-incidentally, in Mission Street, the original pathway between the port and the Mission Dolores. Designed by HOK, the crisp glass facade tapers inwards as it rises, distinguishing it from the pure verticality of the adjacent towers from KPF and Pelli.

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Nifty Shades of Grey

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Nothing brings a Californian facade to life like a few passing clouds.

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