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Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts, Treasure Island, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 37° 49.183 W 122° 21.975
10S E 555777 N 4186001
Quick Description: Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts was built on Treasure Island for the Golden Gate Exposition of 1939. Also known as Building 3, it was supposed to become an aircraft hangar for a future San Francisco airport.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 7/10/2011 3:13:50 PM
Waymark Code: WMC0AW
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
Views: 4

Long Description:
Also known as Building 3, this Art Moderne (Art Deco) structure was erected in 1938 as the Hall of Transportation for the Golden Gate International Exposition. After the fair this building was to be an aircraft hangar for the planned San Francisco International Airport.

From the Library of Congress

The Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-40 was held to celebrate the monumental achievement of the construction of the Golden Gate and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridges, but was also designed to help bring the United States out of the Great Depression of the 1930s with a positive show of harmony between nations. The shoals of Yerba Buena Island were chosen as the site of the fair, and also as the location for a future local airport for San Francisco. Appropriately, the Exposition was designed in line with the planned airport. Three permanent buildings were constructed to serve the functions of the Exposition and the airport. The Administration Building (Building 1) would serve as the airport's terminal building, the Hall of Transportation (Building 2) and Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts (Building 3) would serve as hangars. As a result of WWII, the airport was never built. Today, these building are the only extant buildings on Treasure Island that date to the Exposition period.

Original Name of Structure (during fair): Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts

Current Name of Structure: Building 3

Fair Name: Golden Gate International Exposition

Location: Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA

Year of Fair: 1939-1940

Theme of Fair: Celebrating the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge

Website Proof: [Web Link]

Architect/Designer: Not listed

Website Reference: Not listed

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