Fort McDowell, Administration Building, Angel Island State Park, Angel Island, Marin County, CA
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Angel Island State Park, Angel Island, CA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CA-2721-G
Building/structure dates: 1910 initial construction
Significance: The Administration Building at Fort McDowell was part of a major building campaign during 1910-14 to create permanent improved facilities at the Depot of Recruits and Casuals, later known as the East Garrison. Like the other buildings constructed simultaneously such as the mess hall, post exchange, and officers' quarters, the Administration Building featured a reinforced concrete structural system and Mission Revival architectural forms and decoration. Using stone quarried and crushed on site and convict labor from Alcatraz Island Military Prison, the army was able to create fashionable architecture for an acceptable cost. The Administration Building provided office space in a modern, permanent structure, moving the administrative work of the post out of the older wood structures adapted for this purpose.
Turner, Col. R. B.
Rosenthal, James W., Photographer
Davidson, Lisa P., Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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