Presidio San Francisco

Presidio’s Old World Charm Retained with Renovation

The Presidio’s famed Montgomery Row is evolving into a vibrant neighborhood for business, tourists and locals alike.  Buildings once occupied by soldiers serving during a span of conflicts – from the Spanish-American War to the Vietnam War – are gradually being prepped for a new era.  Revamped to accommodate 2012 telecommunications and LEED standards, one of these structures could soon be home to the next digital video or mobile tech startup.

Architect Robert Wallace and Historian Randolph Delehanty with the Presidio Trust recently took the public inside the first of the Montgomery Street Barracks – Building 101 –– for a rare look at the distinction of this Presidio icon before the next phase of occupancy begins.

The 117-year old structure undergoing an $11 million facelift is only one of two buildings on this row (Building 103 is the other) with original space intact: including Barber & Tailor rooms.  Most of the structures were gutted on the inside by the Army over many decades of various uses.

The most famous of these structures already reconfigured is Building 104, which houses the Walt Disney Museum and opened in October of 2009.

While we still don’t know the full blueprint for 101’s future, this tour reflects the timeless elegance of Presidio’s past and a glimpse at the evolution of its rich renovation.

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