“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Alameda

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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 2, 2021
1. The Alameda Marker
Inscription.  … "married officers of the post are quartered in the row of trim brown cottages on the brow of the eastern slope, and fronting along the road leading up from the main entrance [of Presidio Boulevard]. These pretty houses are surrounded by grounds in exquisite keeping. … The fences are aflame with geraniums of the most vivid colors." — Alta California, August 16, 1885

This short street was the formal entrance to the Presidio in the Victorian era and was known as the Alameda, a Spanish word meaning a tree-shaded avenue. It was planted with trees and decorated with cannonball curbs. The Alameda led to a bandstand on the east edge of the 1862 parade ground, where San Franciscans came for concerts and parades. In 1940, Building 39, the large building to the west, was built on the old parade ground. It became Army offices when the United States entered World War II.

Top: Looking west toward the Alameda through the Presidio entrance gate at the head of Presidio Boulevard in 1868. The round building in the center behind the picket fence was the bandstand. The Graham Street barracks
The Alameda Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 2, 2021
2. The Alameda Marker
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are visible in the distance. Eadweard Muybridge, Park Archives
Bottom row, left to right:
• View of the Main Post during a mock battle to celebrate the nation's centennial on July 3, 1876. Curving Presidio Boulevard is at the far left leading to the Alameda and the flagstaff. Officers' row is in the middle distance with the barracks behind them. Park Archives
• A bugler and two officers' children on tricycles at the Alameda in 1883-84. The bandstand is to the left. Old cannon balls were used as decorative curbs. Park Archives
• Beyond the bandstand was a walk sheltered by a windbreak that bisected the parade ground seen here about 1881. Park Archives
• The four large Eastlake Style quarters were built in 1885. The Greek Revival building to their south was built in 1889 and later served as the Army's guest house. To the north of the four large houses is a Greek Revival house from 1889 and an unusual 1893 house with a Mansard roof. Presidio Trust
Erected by National Park Service and The Presidio Trust.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesRoads & Vehicles.
Location. 37° 47.901′ 
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N, 122° 27.4′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Presidio Boulevard and Funston Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Presidio Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 Funston Ave, San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sixth Army Headquarters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); At Home in the Nineteenth Century Army (about 400 feet away); Bachelor Officers' Quarters: Pershing Hall (about 500 feet away); Outpost of an Empire (about 600 feet away); Pershing Square (about 600 feet away); North West Corner of Original Presidio (about 600 feet away); Old Post Chapel (about 600 feet away); The Ordoρez Gun (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Feb. 1, 2023