Marina District

Marina District


The Marina District is a beautiful residential neighborhood of elegant multimillion dollar homes and condos between Fort Mason and the Presidio. The signs of affluence are everywhere. Gorgeous boats sit in the yacht harbor and expensive vehicles pass you on the street. But this lovely area’s air of solidity and affluence mask the fact that this whole section of San Francisco was built on landfill after the 1906 earthquake and is subject to liquefaction every time an earthquake hits the city. In the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, there was substantial damage to the Marina District but the devastated areas were quickly rebuilt.

The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition sat where the current neighborhood currently exists. This was the world’s fair held in San Francisco, to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal and also to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Balboa’s discovery of the Pacific Ocean. Even though a world war was in progress, nearly every major nation on earth was able to construct their representative building on the fairgrounds. The exposition sat on 635 acres of filled mud flats between the Presidio and Van Ness. Many buildings were constructed on the site but were primarily made of plaster (designed to last only one year) and torn down at the end of the fair which ran from February to December 4, 1915. Hundreds of pastel-colored buildings were razed to make way for residential units in what was to become prime waterfront real estate. The only edifice left from what was referred to as the “Domed City,” because of the many buildings with curved-dome tops, is the Roman rotunda of the Palace of Fine Arts, one of the main exposition buildings, which was subsequently reconstructed nearly fifty years ago.

Chrissy Field used to be a military airstrip and has become a widely used recreation area. Part of the Golden Gate Recreation area, Chrissy Field has been redeveloped into tidal marshlands, the Golden Gate Promenade ( a shoreline walking and jogging path ), a path restricted to biking only, and 28 acres of open grass land. Conservation and recreation go hand-in-hand in this magnificent park, which has phenomenal views of the Golden Gate Bridge.





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