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Identification

Fort Point
Fort Point National Historic Site
272549

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
masonry

Usages

museum

Facts

  • Fort Point was built to defend the entrance to San Francisco Bay from attack by enemy ships.
  • The Fort was designed to support the mounting of 126 large cannons.
  • By 1900, the last cannons were removed, and the Fort was henceforth used for storage and training purposes.
  • Fort Point is the only Third System brick fort on the west coast of the U.S.
  • Between 1933 and 1937, the Fort was used as a base of operations and staging area for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • The chief architect of the Golden Gate Bridge, Joseph Strauss, wished that that Fort Point be "preserved and restored as a national monument", and designed the bridge with an archway to elevate the pre-span roadway above the Fort.
  • Fort Point was named a National Historic Site on October 16, 1970.

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Location

Marine Drive
Marine and Long Streets
94129
Presidio
Northwest
San Francisco
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

38.38 ft
3
1853
1861

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • National landmark
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