Presidio Public Health Service District | Master Plan+ Cultural Landscape Assessment

San Francisco, CA

Reimagining an abandoned marine hospital as a new neighborhood and public resource in the Presidio National Park.

The re-envisioning of the Presidio Public Health Service District with the Presidio Trust has consisted of a series of projects to preserve and enhance the value of this cultural landscape within the Presidio National Park. The 42-acre mixed-use campus includes a reimagined former merchant marine hospital, doctor’s housing, support buildings, and creekbed. It is the first LEED-ND neighborhood in the country that is also an historic landmark district. CMG joined the Presidio Trust, to assist in the planning and implementation of a redeveloped Presidio Public Health Service District within San Francisco’s Presidio National Park. Part of a larger effort throughout the 75,500-acre park, this project is one of the sites the Trust set out to develop to generate revenue to meet Congress’ challenge for financial independence.

The Presidio Public Health Service District was built in the 19th century as a US Marine Hospital that would offer free healthcare to the many sailors and travelers arriving in San Francisco. It closed in 1981. Beginning as authors of the PHSH District Cultural Landscape Assessment, CMG helped to study and assess the historic site. In the Master Plan, we worked with the Trust to establish goals and strategies for restoration, enhancement of site connectivity within the greater Presidio National Park, and the creation of an identity for this district.

The master-plan process involved extensive community outreach to ensure that redevelopment enhances both the adjacent neighborhoods and the national park setting, and responds to the site’s cultural and ecological history. Following the master plan, CMG assisted the development team in implementing improved district-wide vehicle, pedestrian, and bike connections; open spaces for native habitat restoration; multi-use trails and overlooks; and residential offerings by re-imagining of the historic hospital into the LEED-Gold Presidio Landmark building and surrounding gardens.