In 1999, the Presidio Trust began an effort to replace the empty and outdated Letterman Army Medical Center with a new campus more compatible with the Presidio historic architecture and mission. After a competitive process, the Trust partnered with filmmaker George Lucas to bring about a new vision for a 23-acre site in the northeastern Letterman District, near the Lombard Gate.
The 10-story former hospital building and its adjoining research center, vacant since just after the Army departed the Presidio in 1994, were removed using a process called “deconstruction.” Equipment and materials with useful life remaining were saved from the landfill. As the buildings were torn down, the concrete façade was crushed into a reusable substance that was incorporated into the new buildings. In total, 50 percent of the concrete from the former buildings was reused.
The new campus, opened in 2005, is home to Lucasfilm Ltd., Industrial Light and Magic, and LucasArts, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
Gardens by Lawrence Halprin
The highlight of the campus is a 17-acre public open space designed by the late, famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. The garden includes 500 trees, shrubs, vines and perennials; a creek and lagoon; walkways and sitting areas, and magnificent views toward the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts.
A walkway through the campus connects with the Presidio Promenade, which links some of the Presidio’s most historic sites and ultimately connects with the Golden Gate Bridge. Read more.
See, Do, Explore
Take a photo with Yoda, who sits just outside the entrance to the main entrance at Building B.
Visit the lobby of Building B (open weekdays during normal business hours) to see vintage movie memorabilia, including items from the Star Wars series.
Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the lawn with views of the Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Bridge