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.
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.
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.
Skidmore Owings & Merrill has indeed won more awards than any other architecture firm. Nice to see that they chose my image to convey that message on the firm’s website.
Finishing our shoot in La Jolla late afternoon meant a decision needed to be made. Should I sit in heavy traffic, grinding my way up the freeway to Irvine for my next assignment? Or take a break and experience sunset at one of the most beautiful places on the planet?
Just a few minutes up the road from my location, the Salk Institute still retains such an extraordinary presence. I left the cameras packed in the car, determined to simply enjoy the moment. But with apologies to Ezra Stoller, couldn’t help whipping out the iPhone for a few classics.
If only every shoot had a guaranteed sunset clause in the contract.
Still, not too shabby for the first outing of the year in La Jolla.
Images from the recently opened Anderson Collection at Stanford University are featured on the cover and several inside pages of the Spring Catalogue for Stanford Continuing Studies.
The Newport Beach Civic Center, photographed with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was recognized today with a National AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture