Cul­tural Ex­plo­ration

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Start a cul­tural jour­ney at the ren­o­vated Pre­sidio Of­fi­cers’ Club, a so­cial hub and his­tor­i­cal jewel that re­opened in Oc­to­ber. Ex­plore the park’s mil­i­tary and civil­ian de­vel­op­ment at the Pre­sidio Her­itage Gallery, and don’t miss the vin­tage pho­tos in Mor­aga Hall. Then, swing by artist Andy Goldswor­thy’s “Earth Wall” in­stal­la­tion in the Hardie Court­yard. His “Tree Fall” piece is also on the Main Post, while his “Wood Line” tree trunk sculp­ture and 95-foot “Spire” in­stal­la­tion made from Mon­terey cy­press trunks are also lo­cated else­where in the Pre­sidio.

Peek into the on-site ar­chae­ol­ogy lab be­fore fol­low­ing Fun­ston Av­enue past the Vic­to­rian homes on Of­fi­cers’ Row. Turn right at Lin­coln Boule­vard and follow the Pre­sidio Prom­e­nade to the Let­ter­man Dig­i­tal Arts Cen­ter. Film­maker George Lu­cas has stu­dios here, and his iconic Yoda sits atop a foun­tain out­side Build­ing B. Or, turn left from Fun­ston and follow the Pre­sidio Prom­e­nade to the strik­ing San Francisco Na­tional Ceme­tery.

End your ex­cur­sion back on the Main Post, where two-time James Beard Award win­ner Traci Des Jardins opened The Com­mis­sary in 2014. Here, the culi­nary team puts a Cal­i­for­nia spin on Span­ish cui­sine. It’s all served in a for­mer mess hall out­fit­ted with sal­vaged wood fur­nish­ings and a bustling open kitchen.

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