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Category: History

In this part of the blog we will highlight historical facts about the Inn along with stories about the buildings and districts of the Presidio.

Happy Earth Day!

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On this 46th anniversary of Earth Day we thought we’d share a brief inventory of the world’s flora and fauna with relation to the Presidio. It’s our way of thinking globally, acting locally and celebrating the wonderful natural diversity occurring within our own backyard. As of today, the Earth is comprised of…

  • 250,000 species of plants (including California poppies and coast live oaks in the park)
  • 4,500 species of amphibians (including our Pacific chorus frogs recently re-introduced to Mountain Lake)
  • 6,500 species of reptiles (the San Francisco alligator lizard can be seen in our dunes)
  • 4,600 species of mammals (including our resident coyotes)
  • 9,200 species of birds (including Great-horned Owls and Anna’s Hummingbirds)
  • 25,000 fish species (the tiny three-spined stickleback still lives in Lobos Creek)
  • 40,000 crustacean species (a tiny native shrimp lives in the Crissy Field marsh)
  • 100,000 mollusk species (including our local favorite, the banana slug)
  • and more than 1,000,000 insects! (including many butterflies, damselflies and bumblebees in the park)

For more information on the Presidio along with ways in which you can learn more about about how to protect our National Park and refuge for California diversity, go to www.presidio.govScreen Shot 2015-04-22 at 2.07.54 PM

The Three Generals of the Inn

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The Three Generals

The Three Generals from left to right: Hardie, Pershing and Keyes. These are now our room key cards.

The Presidio has housed a great many men and women during its time as a military enclave. The Inn itself, once known as Pershing Hall (named after General John Pershing) was built in 1903 and was separated into three sections as a fire precaution. When we opened our doors as an Inn, we decided to keep the tradition of honoring noteworthy individuals alive by naming each wing after a general who has served here. Below is a brief look into the lives of three men and how they have made their mark on the history of the Presidio.

History All Around Us

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Bugle wall in our lobby

Bugle Wall

From the adobe structures, still in tact from the time Spain claimed this outpost as their own, to the rows of brick military buildings built in the mid-1800‘s by the United States Army, the Presidio has always been able to maintain a strong connection to its own history.

The Inn at the Presidio, built in 1903 was originally the Bachelor Officer’s Quarters (BOQ). Three years ago, it was decided that this building should be re-purposed into an Inn so that guests from all over the world would have the opportunity to stay inside the park and experience a slice of history themselves. Although many modern upgrades were necessary to make the building once again habitable, much effort was taken to honor the history of the building and its surroundings. Here are just a few examples of how the Inn kept a bit of history in tact inside and outside of our own four walls.