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Officers' Club

Getting together on Alcatraz

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, April 3, 2019
1. Officers' Club Marker
Inscription.  
When Alcatraz became a federal penitentiary, this building was dubbed the "Officer's Club." Soon known by island residents as the "Social Hall," it was used by prison staff and their families for parties, dances, and other sorts of recreation. They performed skits and watched movies, bowled, played pool, and visited at the soda fountain. For three decades, until the penitentiary closed in 1963, this was the center of the island's social scene.

Earlier, between 1910 and 1933, while Alcatraz was a military prison, army families stationed on the island came here to the Post Exchange—the island's general store, cafeteria, barbershop, and post office.

"The main event for older teenagers at this time of the year...was the Christmas formal dance. The girls would dress up in evening gowns and the boys would wear tuxedos. Just like any other formal dance, the boy would pick up the girl at her house and bring her a corsage."
Donald J. Hurley, Alcatraz resident, Alcatraz Island Memories
 
Erected by Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
 
Location.
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National Archives
2. Upper right image
Military era, circa 1910
Built in 1910, this building and several others on the island, burned in 1970.
37° 49.664′ N, 122° 25.399′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. This marker is on Alcatraz Island, north of the guardhouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Not Just a Water Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); The Morgue (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster Warehouse and Power Plant (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Western Gulls (about 700 feet away); Scow Schooner Alma (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hicks Engine (approx. 1.2 miles away); Steering the Ship... (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Carpenter Shop... (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  Social Hall (Alcatraz). Wikipedia article (Submitted on May 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
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Chuck Stucker Collection
3. Middle right image
Penitentiary Era, 1954
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4. Lower left image
Penitentiary Era, circa 1948
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By Jolene Babyak
5. Lower right image
Penitentiary Era, 1961
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Library of Congress Reproduction Number: HABS CAL,38-ALCA,1-L--5 (CT)
6. Officers' Club
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 89 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
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