Historic Renovation of Inn at The Presidio is Both Gorgeous and Green

Inn is the First-Ever Lodging in San Francisco’s Presidio National Park and The Presidio Trust’s 17th LEED Project

The Presidio Trust has completed the renovation of the first overnight accommodations in the Presidio of San Francisco – Inn at The Presidio – the only hotel to open in San Francisco in 2012. Inn at The Presidio, a member of Historic Hotels of America, occupies Pershing Hall, which was built in 1903 as bachelor officers’ quarters. The Inn, which is vying for LEED Gold, will be the Trust’s seventeenth project designed to LEED standards. The Trust engaged ARCHITECTURAL RESOURCES GROUP, INC and BraytonHughes Design Studios for the project. Through their combined efforts (along with Waterford Hotels and Inns Inc. hospitality management company), the property was painstakingly restored to preserve the historical integrity of the space, while updating it with all of the modern comforts and amenities befitting a world class inn.

The Presidio is the largest historic preservation effort underway in the country and the Trust’s LEED-certified historic preservation projects are some of the first in San Francisco. Landscaping for the Inn at The Presidio includes a storm water collection pond and treatment bay to assist in restoring the Presidio’s Tennessee Hollow Watershed.

“The Inn is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the Trust’s commitment to both historic preservation and green building design,” said Josh Bagley, The Presidio Trust project manager. “After all, the ‘greenest’ building is one that already exists and is given another 50 years of life.”

Environmentally-friendly materials and repurposed elements have been used throughout the Inn to the extent possible, including low V.O.C. paint, Greenlabel LEED nylon carpets, 100% U.S.A.-made wool area rugs in the public areas, and insulation made from recycled cotton denim.

“Our Inn follows the American Hotel & Lodging Association Green Housekeeping standards, as well as abides San Francisco’s stringent Green Chemical list. As Waterford Hotels & Inns is a industry-leader in sustainable hospitality with 2 LEED Gold properties, ethical and sustainable operations and green management will come naturally to the Inn at the Presidio,” says Terry Haney, the Inn’s General Manager.

Stately Pershing Hall was among the first Georgian Revival buildings in the Presidio. The red-brick building with stone trim is distinguished by a classically-detailed, two-story porch with wooden Tuscan columns. The building’s cruciform plan – with two wings, a slightly projecting central pavilion facing Moraga Avenue, and a central wing to the rear – has been preserved.

All of the historic two-room suites were retained, for a total of 17 suites and 5 guestrooms. The original mess hall and officer’s lounge, both of which had been subdivided during later remodels, have been returned to their original configurations and uses. The interior design pays homage to the Presidio’s history and showcases the many experiences available throughout the park. A special historical collection of images and artwork from the Presidio archives is available for all Presidio visitors to enjoy in the Inn’s common areas.Rates range from $195-$350 and include continental breakfast as well as an evening wine and cheese reception.

The spacious accommodations feature comfortable, contemporary furnishings in ceruse oak with dark metal accents – all crafted in the United States. Gas fireplace inserts have been installed in the original coal fireboxes. Guestrooms have expansive bathrooms with new ceramic and porcelain tiles. An elevator has been added and additional minor changes include two new front-porch rooms on the third level with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay.

Inn at The Presidio

Inn at the Presidio is the first hotel to open in the Presidio of San Francisco, a National Historic Landmark and a national park site at the Golden Gate, one of America’s most beautiful and renowned locations. The INN offers guests an authentic historic experience and exceptional recreational and leisure opportunities. The Presidio is just minutes from neighborhood shopping districts and only a short distance from downtown San Francisco, North Beach, Union Square, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ferry Building, and Golden Gate Park. Marin County and the Wine Country are across the Golden Gate Bridge to the north. Inn at the Presidio is the only new hotel to open in San Francisco in 2012. It is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Location: Main Post, Presidio of San Francisco, 42 Moraga Ave. SF, CA 94129 www.INNatthepresidio.com, Contact: General Manager Terry Haney (415) 689- 4287 THaney@INNatthepresidio.com

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