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Letterman General Hospital, Nurses' Quarters, Girard Road & Lincoln Boulevard, Presidio of San F, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA



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Location
Presidio of San F, San Francisco, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2269
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-147).
Significance: The Nurses' Quarters is significant as one of the few remaining buildings of the historic Letterman General Hospital complex at the Presidio of San Francisco. The hospital, permanently established in 1899, was the first Army general hospital in the U.S., and underwent rapid facilities expansion between 1899-1902 and during World War I. By World War II, the medical complex had become the second largest military hospital in the U.S. The Nurses' Quarters, which also incorporated a kitchen and dining room, served as home to army nurses attending to base soldiers and those returning from the first and second World Wars, the Korean War, as well as California Conservation Corps members during the Depression, and civilian citizens of San Francisco. The Nurses' Quarters, designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, were unified visually with the central quadrangle of the Letterman General Hospital complex by their stucco cladding, red tiled roofs, and ornamental porch grillework. Historic photographs, building plans, and records indicate that the earliest (1914) section of the dormitory was building 1020, facing southwest on Lincoln Boulevard. Constructed in six phases between 1914 and 1941, the growth of the Nurses' Quarters reflected that of the hospital and the Presidio, and in a larger sense, paralleled American foreign involvements during the twentieth century.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. SOUTHWEST FRONT THREE-QUARTER VIEW, BUILDING 1020, LOOKING EAST.
2. SOUTHWEST FRONT, BUILDING 1020, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
3. SOUTHWEST FRONT THREE-QUARTER VIEW, BUILDING 1020, LOOKING NORTH.
4. SOUTHWEST FRONT AND SOUTHEAST SIDE, BUILDINGS 1020, 1022, 1024, AND 1026, LOOKING NORTH.
5. SOUTHEAST SIDE, BUILDINGS 1020, 1022, 1024, AND 1026, LOOKING NORTH.
6. DETAIL SOUTHEAST SIDE, BUILDINGS 1020 AND 1022, LOOKING WEST.
7. SOUTHEAST SIDE, BUILDINGS 1020, 1022, 1024, AND 1026, LOOKING NORTHWEST.
8. SOUTHEAST AND NORTHEAST SIDES, BUILDING 1020, 1022, 1024, AND 1026, LOOKING WEST.
9. NORTHEAST SIDE, BUILDING 1026, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
10. NORTHEAST AND NORTHWEST SIDES, BUILDING 1026, LOOKING SOUTH.
11. NORTHWEST SIDE, BUILDING 1026, 1024, 1022, AND 1020, LOOKING SOUTHEAST. MOST OF BUILDINGS OBSCURED BY VEGETATION.
12. DETAIL, RETAINING WALL, RUBBLESTONE PYLONS AND PORCH CORNER, BUILDING 1020, LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
13. FIRST FLOOR, CENTRAL HALL AND MAIN STAIR, BUILDING 1020.
14. FIRST FLOOR, RECEPTION ROOM, NORTHEAST WALL, FIREPLACE DETAIL.
15. SECOND FLOOR, SITTING ROOM AND FORMER PORCH, SOUTHWEST WALL.
16. FIRST FLOOR, TYPICAL DORMITORY ROOM, INTERIOR WALL WITH CLOSET, WASH BASIN, AND CONNECTING PASSAGE TO ADJACENT PRIVATE SITTING ROOM.
17. FIRST FLOOR, TYPICAL DORMITORY ROOM, EXTERIOR WALL WITH WINDOW.
18. PHOTOCOPY OF PHOTOGRAPH (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) AERIAL VIEW OF LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL LOOKING SOUTHEAST PRIOR TO DEMOLITION OF ORIGINAL COMPLEX BUILDINGS, NURSES' QUARTERS VISIBLE IN RIGHT CENTER, 1974.
19. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) EAST ELEVATION, ADDITION A, NURSES DORMITORY, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, DEC 1914, SHEET 1.
20. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) BASEMENT FLOOR PLAN, ADDITION A, NURSES DORMITORY, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, DEC 1914, SHEET 2.
21. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) FIRST FLOOR PLAN, ADDITION A, NURSES DORMITORY, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, DEC 1914, SHEET 3.
22. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) SECOND FLOOR PLAN, ADDITION A, NURSES DORMITORY, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, DEC 1914, SHEET 4.
23. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) RECESSED WINDOWS (DETAILS), ADDITION A, NURSES DORMITORY, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, DEC 1914, SHEET 5.
24. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) WEST ELEVATION / EAST ELEVATION, ADDITION 'C' & ALTERATIONS TO NURSES' QUARTERS, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, MAY 1929, SHEET 1.
25. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) NORTH ELEVATION / DETAILS, ADDITION 'C' & ALTERATIONS TO NURSES' QUARTERS, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, MAY 1929, SHEET 2.
26. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) CROSS SECTION 'A'-'A' / 'B'-'B', ADDITION 'C' & ALTERATIONS TO NURSES' QUARTERS, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, MAY 1929, SHEET 3.
27. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) FOUNDATION & HEATING PLAN, ADDITION 'C' & ALTERATIONS TO NURSES' QUARTERS, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, MAY 1929, SHEET 4.
28. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) BASEMENT FLOOR PLAN/LOCATION PLAN, ADDITION 'C' & ALTERATIONS TO NURSES' QUARTERS, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, MAY 1929, SHEET 5.
29. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) FIRST FLOOR PLAN, ADDITION 'C' & ALTERATIONS TO NURSES' QUARTERS, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, MAY 1929, SHEET 6.
30. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) SECOND FLOOR PLAN, ADDITION 'C' & ALTERATIONS TO NURSES' QUARTERS, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, MAY 1929, SHEET 7.
31. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) FIRST / SECOND FLOOR PLANS (ALTERATIONS TO BLDG. 1020), ADDITION 'C' & ALTERATIONS TO NURSES' QUARTERS, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, MAY 1929, SHEET 8.
32. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) FRONT ELEVATION / FIRST FLOOR PLAN / FIREPLACE DETAILS (ALTERATIONS TO BLDG. 1020), ADDITION 'C' & ALTERATIONS TO NURSES' QUARTERS, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, MAY 1929, SHEET 9.
33. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) CONNECTING CORRIDOR BETWEEN WARD 'N' AND NURSES DORMITORY, LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL, AUGUST 1916.
34. PHOTOCOPY OF ORIGINAL DRAWING (from Directorate of Facilities Engineering, HQ Presidio of San Francisco, California 94129) PLAN - PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, POST ENGINEER, OCTOBER 1961.


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