One of the best things about the Presidio is that it has all of these secret places. Just recently, my daughter and I went walking around Fort Scott, and we came across a stone trail that led into a section of the woods that I had not only never seen before, but could have sworn was supposed to be a residential neighborhood where I used to babysit. Not so. The trail led down to a hidden pair of tennis courts and a small Spanish-style building that seemed to announce itself as a country club, sans placard.
It was exciting to discover a whole "missing" section on the map of my mind. I conceive of the Presidio like some people understand a messy desk: you know exactly where everything is. There's no organization, but you remember it by feeling. And then you lose things. But this experience of discovering something that was buried - and was right under my nose - is one of the most scrumptious feelings in the world.
The "country club" is Building 1331. I am still trying to find out more about its history. In the search I came across these amazing photos by Charity Vargas. Click here to see her version of Bldg. 1331. The lighting, and the "shack"-like feel of the building in her photo make me think of the Wizard of Oz.
According to a Presidio historian whom she interviewed, the stone terraces leading down to the tennis center were built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration.