There's a devout group of people, from near and far, who make a pilgrimage to the Presidio to see a wise figure. His name is Yoda, and he's immortalized as a life-sized bronze fountain outside the Letterman Digital Arts Center. You can find Yoda in front of Building B, headquarters for Lucasfilm Ltd., Industrial Light and Magic, LucasArts, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
Step inside the lobby of Lucasfilm, which is open to the public during regular working hours, to find props, memorabilia, costumes, and life-sized Darth Vader and Boba Fett statues. FYI, photography is allowed, so indulge, but there are no tours or access to any space in the building beyond the lobby.
Filmmaker George Lucas partnered with the Presidio Trust to bring about the 23-acre campus, made up of four buildings and a 17-acre public landscape. Erected in 2005 on the site of a decommissioned Army hospital, its name is a reverent nod to Dr. Jonathan Letterman, Medical Director for the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. Remnants of the hospital's history are literally embedded in this new facility, as 50 percent of the concrete from the hospital was used to create the new campus. The building was certified with a Gold LEED Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
While You're Here
A visit to the Letterman Digital Arts Center isn't complete without appreciating the grounds that surround it. The late, great landscape designer Lawrence Halprin created this meadow, with a creek-fed lagoon, 500 trees, shrubs, and ample walkways and sitting areas to enjoy views of the
Golden Gate Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts. After resting or picnicking here, connect with other nearby sites via the
Presidio Promenade Trail. Before heading out, grab a coffee at
Starbucks or stop for a craft beer and a meal at
Sessions at the Presidio, both located within the Letterman Digital Arts Center.
The Letterman Digital Arts Center is near the Lombard and Chestnut Gates that connect with the Marina District, so getting here is easy via all modes of transportation. If you drive, there's paid parking in the subterranean garage, accessible off of Letterman Drive.
Host an Event at the Letterman Digital Arts Center
The Letterman Digital Arts Center features a 2,000 square foot venue – the Skywalker Room – appropriate for meetings and events. The room features views of the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the 17-acre meadow designed by the late landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. Learn more about the Skywalker Room >>