NEW: San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece about the Hotel Lawsuit

Dear PHA Member,

As you know, the PHA and the Sierra Club have turned to the courts to halt the Trust’s attempt to amend the building restrictions on the Presidio Main Post, in order to create a fourteen building hotel on that site. Our case is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Oral argument will be held at 1 pm on October 20. The Circuit Court Building is located at 95 Seventh Street, (between Market and Mission in the building some know as the “Old Post Office”).  

 The public is welcome to attend the hearing, and you as a member of one of the plaintiffs, may wish to see this argument in person.

If you would like more specific background information, please review the most recent briefs in the case, which can be found on the PHA website.

Gary Widman, P


For 50 years, The Presidio Historical Association (PHA) — a nonprofit membership organization — has cared about the Presidio of San Francisco, the West Coast’s most meaningful National Historic Landmark and national park.

Our mission is to promote understanding and preservation of the history of the Presidio of San Francisco as reflected in its stories, structures, sites and people. 

The Presidio of San Francisco is a national treasure where historical forces from across the American continent intersected with Europe, Latin America and Asia. The changes in the peoples, cultures and usage of the Presidio reflect more than two centuries of the American West. Once home to the Ohlone Indians, the Spaniards founded a garrison on the site in 1776. Resident soldiers of Spain (1776-1821), Mexico (1822-1846) and the United States (1846-1994) make the Presidio the oldest military base in the western United States. In 1994, the Army base closed and the Presidio of San Francisco became a national historic park and part of the renowned Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA).