The $3 million restoration project is expected to
be completed later this year. Pilots Row, geographically, is a bridge
between the Presidio’s eastern and western regions. It is in the Fort
Scott area of the park, which once was headquarters for the Coastal
Artillery Corps that guarded the entrance to the Golden Gate beginning
in the World War I era.
The annual Restore America grant is awarded to a
dozen sites around the country to tell the story of a given community’s
distinctive past. The Home and Garden TV network typically films the
work for airing at a later date.
Organized in a “V” shape, some speculate to recall
that of an airplane, Pilots Row in the Presidio served as officers’
quarter for the pilots of Crissy Air Field during the 1920s. The unusual
configuration helps to tell the story of the area’s rich aviation
history. The Pilots Row neighborhood was constructed in 1921.
With sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, Crissy
Field and the City, Pilots Row is one of the most visible neighborhoods
in the Presidio as the area is an approach to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The neighborhood will be restored for modern living
using “green” building principles which incorporate environmentally
sensitive materials and design. There are about 2,500 residents living
in the Presidio, using homes and apartments once designed for military
Created by Congress in 1996, the Presidio Trust is
charged with preserving the Presidio’s natural, cultural, scenic, and
recreational resources while achieving financially self-sufficiency by
2013. Six presidential appointees and the Secretary of the Interior, or
her designee, sit on the Board of Directors and oversee the management
of 80 percent of the Presidio lands.