San Francisco's Historic Presidio Officers’ Club Reopens as Culteral Center, Museum

Tuesday, October 07 2014 06:30   California

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San Francisco's historic Presidio Officers’ Club reopened to the public the weekend of Oct. 4-5, 2014, after a three-year intensive rehabilitation of the building and its original adobe structure, dating to the early Spanish colonial settlement of El Presidio.

Once only open to military officers, the reopening of the Presidio Officers’ Club begins a new role for the facility.

“I invite all San Franciscans to visit the Officers’ Club,” said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director. “Stunning exhibits about the Presidio’s history, a new restaurant with Chef Traci Des Jardins, free public programs every week, event and education spaces, allow us to welcome the public like never before.”

The updated Presidio Officers’ Club is a dynamic cultural destination that reflects the diversity of the Bay Area.

The Officers’ Club is California Historical Landmark No. 79 and is a contributing resource to the Presidio’s National Historic Landmark District status. It is one of just two buildings remaining in San Francisco from the Spanish colonization of California (the other is Mission Dolores)

Over time, the building has housed living quarters for Spanish and Mexican soldiers, barracks for the U.S. Army, a mess room and kitchen, laundresses’ quarters, post headquarters, an assembly hall, a ballroom, and a restaurant and bar.

First established in 1776, the adobe walls of the Officers’ Club stand testament to California’s beginnings. Throughout the 20th century, the renowned Presidio Officers’ Club was a gathering place for Army brass and their families. Today, this beloved institution has been transformed into a multi-faceted cultural destination that welcomes the entire community.

The building offers exhibits and programs that allow visitors to establish a deep understanding of the Presidio’s vital role in shaping California and serving the nation. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy exceptional programs, including live music and dance, dialogues with notable authors and thinkers, films and family programs, all offered for free, courtesy of the Presidio Trust. No visit to San Francisco is complete without a visit to the Officers’ Club.

The Presidio Trust became financially self-sufficient in 2013 and now manages the park without federal funds. Financial self-sufficiency has allowed the Trust to shift its focus to welcoming the public to this new kind of national park.

The reopening of the Officers’ Club is the first of many new initiatives the trust is rolling out in the next few years, including new restaurants, a third inn, and a rich schedule of free programming. The Presidio Trust opened its first overnight accommodations, Inn at the Presidio, in 2012 and in May 2014 opened its first full service restaurant, the Commissary, with Chef Des Jardins. It hosts popular events and programs, including Presidio Picnics with Off the Grid every Thursday evening and Sunday.

The Presidio Officers’ Club is located in the Presidio of San Francisco at 50 Moraga Avenue (at Arguello Boulevard) on the Presidio’s Main Post. The Officers’ Club formally opens to the public on October 4 and 5. It is open to visitors every day except Monday. Additional details can be found at

The Presidio is a distinct public park site within the 75,500-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), the world’s largest national park in an urban area.

The Presidio Trust, a federal agency, is an innovation in the management of a treasured American place. The Trust was created to save the Presidio and transform it for a new national purpose. The Trust’s vision is that the Presidio will be forever a public place: vital to the Bay Area, important to all Americans, and recognized for achieving broad benefits for the nation.