HISTORIC SPACE FOR HISTORIC INNOVATION

 

Treasure Island itself has a very amazing and lively history.  (LINK?)  

Future Food Center is housed within Historic Hangar 3 on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay.  Hangars 2 & 3 where the first buildings constructed on Treasure Island and were designed and built to be one of the two hangars for what was to be Treasure Island's main purpose, the future San Francisco International Airport.  

But before the hangars were to be used for the airport, the two hangars where utilized in the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_International_Exposition)

The plan to was to use the two hangars (and building 1) for the GGIE and then knock everything else down in becoming the airport.  However, WWII broke out and the Navy took over the island for many years. Now the City of San Francisco owns them.  

 

 
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1. BUILD BEGINS

Construction of hangers 2 & 3

East facing historical image taken in 1937 during the initial construction of hangars 2 & 3. Note the workers eating lunch both in the foreground but also on top of the hangar (2) that it closest.  

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2. A PLAN TAKING OFF

Early Visualization of TREASURE ISLAND as San Francisco international airport

Treasure Island was designed to become San Francisco International Airport after its first use as the home of the GGIE. Hangars 2 & 3 where designed to serve double duty for both the GGIE (Hangar 2 as the Hall of Air Transportation and Hangar 3 served as the “Art In Action” pavilion.)  This image shows the future plans of the island, note hangars 2 & 3 in the foreground. 

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4. Hangars in action

FlyinG Boat loading at clipper cove

Hangar 2 & 3 straddle right up to Clipper Cove, which got its name from the flying clipper flying boats that would embark and debark on their way to the far east, via Hawaii.  These historic planes opened up air travel to these far away lands. Upon their return, many passengers brought with them the flavors and and experiences for the far east for the first time, right outside our door.

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6. In the Navy

Treasure island procured by the Navy

World War II unfortunately broke out and the Navy took over the island for many purposes. 

Photograph but Karl Jacob; Image Courtesy of “The San Francisco Faire – Treasure Island 1939 – 1940” Eds. Patricia Carpenter & Paul Totah, Published by Scott Wall Associates – 1989 

Photograph but Karl Jacob; Image Courtesy of “The San Francisco Faire – Treasure Island 1939 – 1940” Eds. Patricia Carpenter & Paul Totah, Published by Scott Wall Associates – 1989 

3. ART IN ACTION

THE PAVILION OF FINE & DECORATIVE ARTS

"Treasure Island Hanger 3 originally served as the Golden Gate International Exposition’s Pavilion of Fine and Decorative Arts, exhibiting Old World Masterpieces by artists including Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Raphael, 19th century and modern masterpieces from Europe and Asia, and representations of master craftsmanship from around the world. 

In 1940 the GGIE’s “Art In Action” program at the Pavilion allowed the general public to observe modern masters, including Diego Rivera, Dudley C. Carter, and Frederick Olmstead, creating original works on-site, including Rivera’s “Pan American Unity Mural” now exhibited at City College of San Francisco. This picture was taken at what is now the intersection of California Avenue and Avenue H on Treasure Island." [CITATION]  Note the cool early vintage art car.  

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5. Flying Clipper Boats

A beasty marvel

“Although aerodynamically less efficient than streamlined landplanes, flying boats could provide service to any city with a sheltered harbor, which made them the ideal international airliner at a time when few cities had runways capable of handling large land planes.” from http://www.clipperflyingboats.com/   Check out more details from that site.

No Boeing  B-314 Clippers exist anymore.  Which is sad.

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7. The hangars are released

The navy transfers the hangars to the City

After 20 years of hard work by a number of people, the Treasure Island Naval Station was transferred to The City on DATE.  

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8. LOREM IPSUM

FRESH LOOK & OPEN DOORS

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