San Francisco Aquatic Park – San Francisco CA


Originally the San Francisco Aquatic Park, this area is now officially the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The Park’s distinctive streamline moderne style WPA building (pictured below) stands at the foot of Polk Street. It was originally built as a public bathhouse, and now houses the Maritime Museum.

SA description from Healy’s 1939 work reads:
‘(32 Acres) … A water park, par excellence. … Built 3,250 cubic yards of rubble sea wall, bath house, 2 boat houses, paved 101,000 square feet of promenades. Handled 20,000 cubic yards of excavation and fill, relocated 1,400 lineal feet of railroad track, installed flood light system for night bathing, rowing and water pageants. This improvement changed an unsightly area into a beautiful bathing beach bordered by massive concrete grandstands and promenades. The recreation building, lavishly decorated, is an architectural highlight in nautical building design. At the famous watering places there is nothing comparable to this public recreational asset. the spectacular ‘Landing of Columbus’ was a memorable occasion for thousands of observers and promises to be repeated annually.’–Healy, pp. 55-56.

Project Details

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Source notes

Healy, Clyde E. San Francisco Improved: Report of Clyde E. Healy, Assistant City Engineer - City of San Francisco and Coordinator of W.P.A. Projects, Period October 10, 1935 to August 31, 1939. San Francisco : [s.n.]., 1939.

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Location Info

Hyde St. and Beach St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

Location notes: Bounded By: San Francisco Bay (North), Hyde Street (East), Beach Street (South), Van Ness Avenue (West)

Coordinates: 37.806600, -122.424000

3 comments on “San Francisco Aquatic Park – San Francisco CA

  1. Is the long curving pier- which I call a “breakwater” though I’m not sure if that’s the proper term- which makes the cove, included in the above project description?

  2. Michael Dowdy

    The Announcer Towers. Did they hold large speakers? They were for people were they?

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