National Register of Historic Places in San Francisco

Veterans Affairs Medical Center Historic District
San Diego College for Women Linen Postcard Collection
Postmarked 24 June 1946
Courtesy Digital USD (university of San Diego)

Veterans Affairs Medical Center Historic District
Administrative Building
37°46'56.0"N 122°30'15.4"W
8 April 2023
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National Register #05001112
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Historic District
4150 Clement Street
Built 1934

In the late 19th century, this land was owned by the City and County of San Francisco and occupied by the Golden Gate Cemetery. Because of its strategic location overlooking the approaches to the Golden Gate, the Army bought part of the property in 1893.

In 1897, the Army began construction of the Reservation at Point Lobos. The first buildings included a half-dozen wood-frame barracks, storage buildings, an officers' club and administrative buildings. In 1902, the post, renamed Fort Miley, was completed and garrisoned as a subpost of the nearby Presidio of San Francisco.

In 1932, part of Fort Miley was acquired by the Veterans Administration for construction of a medical center. Most of Fort Miley, except for the batteries, was demolished.

Completed in 1934, the complex had twenty-one concrete buildings designed in the Art Deco style with Mayan inspired ornamentation. The buildings were clustered in the northern and eastern sections of the lushly landscaped campus to lessen the impact on the adjacent neighborhood and to provide space for patient convalescence and recreation.

Subsequent construction destroyed the pastoral character of the campus by adding over a dozen buildings whose design and location do not support the original vision. Many of the original 1934 buildings have been unsympathetically altered, particularly those with large additions. The boundaries of the historic district do not include most of the later buildings.

Name Year Address Remarks Sort Address Sort Name
Administration Building1934Building 1Originally the administration building, it now contains offices and research laboratories. Building 01Administration Building
Hospital1934Building 2Originally the largest structure on the grounds, rising to a center tower of seven stories. As the centerpiece of the 1934 campus, it presided over a large landscaped lawn and circular drive. The construction of Building 200 in 1964 resulted in the removal of this lawn as well as the building's ornate main entrance. Building 02Hospital
Boiler House1934Building 3Building 03Boiler House
Hospital Wards1934Building 4Building 04Hospital Wards
Radiology1934Building 5Building 05Radiology
Dining Hall, Staff LQ1934Building 6Building 06Dining Hall, Staff LQ
Recreation Hall1934Building 7Building 07Recreation Hall
Nurses Quarters1934Building 8Building 08Nurses Quarters
Officers Duplex1934Building 9Building 09Officers Duplex
Officers Duplex1934Building 10Building 10Officers Duplex
Director's Quarters1934Building 11Building 11Director's Quarters
Officers Quarters1897Building 18Building 18Officers Quarters
Garage1934Building 20Building 20Garage
Flag Pole and Base1934Structure 27Building 27Flag Pole and Base
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