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Fort Mason Historic District
Part of the Golden Gate Recreation Area (not to be confused with Golden Gate Park), the Fort Mason Historic District is a pleasant green area to take a stroll through and has great views of the bay and the Palace of Fine Arts. Fort Mason was established here in the 1860s, between 1910 and 1963 it was the San Francisco Port of Embarkation, sending men and cargo during WWII off to the Pacific. From atop the hill we could look down at the cream colored buildings with the red tiled roofs that compromise Lower Fort Mason, a large series of warehouses and piers built from 1910-1914 used to supply Army bases across the Pacific. Upper Fort Mason is a series of the same colored buildings that had various purposes, the Civil War era barracks now house the San Francisco International Youth Hostel where I stayed on my 1st trip to San Francisco back in the 1970s
The World of Fort Mason
Besides being a great festive district with incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Mason also has the distinction of hosting the 1915 World Fair. The Panama Pacific International Exposition proclaimed to the world that San Francisco was fully recovered from the 1906 earthquake. The exhibition filled palaces were built on filled marshlands between Fort Mason and the Presidio. This is a great place to enjoy the seaside views of the Golden Gate without all the hordes of tourists.
Fort Mason - A cultural and arts center in SF
Fort Mason Center is a large cultural center that offers a variety of activities for all ages and interests. There are several smaller museums and organizations permanently located here, along with located always changing exhibits in the visual and performing arts, humanities, education, ecology, and recreation. Whenever you are in SF it is a good idea to see what is going on here.
The center is located in historic piers and buildings of the former military base Fort Mason, on SF Bay east of Golden Gate, and west of Fisherman's wharf. It's a National Historic Landmark and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
Fort Mason is an old World War II embarkation point turned into a regional cultural center. Being that my time was so limited, I did not go into the museum. But the views of the bay are great here. It is also a great vantage point for Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.
These buildings from the mid-19th century were the point of embarcation for 1.6 millions soldiers during WW2.
From the top of the park, you have beautiful views of Alcatraz...
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