Tour of Cavallo Point, the Lodge at the Golden Gate

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:00pm
LOCATION: The Lodge at the Golden Gate Fort Baker Golden Gate Recreation Area

Please join the ICAA for a special afternoon tour 

Cavallo Point
The Lodge at the Golden Gate
With Stephen J. Farneth, FAIA, LEED AP
Architectural Resources Group

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 
2:00pm  ~ Meet at Lodge reception for walking tour
3:00pm ~ Wine reception on the La Mariposa Terrace

Group size extremely limited. Advance registration required.
$45 per person

Cavallo Point
The Lodge at the Golden Gate
Fort Baker Golden Gate Recreation Area
601 Murray Circle, Sausalito

In 1775, a commander of one of the first European vessels to sail into the bay named a rocky point near what is now Fort Baker "Punta de Caballo" for the wild horses that once roamed there. "Caballo," Spanish for horse, was changed to "Cavallo" by the early California settlers, and the name took hold.

Located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Baker was established as a military post in 1850. Starting in 1901, the army began a major construction campaign, designing most of the original Fort Baker buildings in Colonial Revival architectural style; stocky symmetrical buildings with classical elements, such as columns, wrap-around porches and decorative windows. Army posts once ringed the Bay, and Fort Baker was the last. In 1995, the military transferred its land to Golden Gate National Recreation Area and in 2000, the last soldiers left Fort Baker.

Maintained but little used, the buildings had deteriorated; roofs leaked, walls sagged, field birds moved in. Proposed as a corporate retreat center and lodging with 350 rooms, the citizens of Sausalito objected and took the Park Service to court. They won. With a new focus on preservation and sustainability, Architectural Resources Group was brought on board to sustainably restore and adapt a cluster of 18 richly historic buildings into a hotel. Christened as Cavallo Point and opened in 2008, the hotel has been nationally celebrated and awarded for preserving its significant history and incorporating sustainability into the new designs. Recognized by a wide range of institutions, from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to the American Institute of Architects, Cavallo Point has hit the sweet spot of preserving the authentic character of its history, while simultaneously creating beauty and function.

Please join the ICAA for a fascinating walking tour with Stephen Farneth FAIA, lead principal for the project from Architectural Resources Group, and Fort Baker historian Brit Thurston, to learn more about the rich history of Fort Baker, as well as the many architectural challenges to take what was originally designed for army enlisted men and turn it into a first class world landmark.

ARCHITECTURAL RESOURCES GROUP: Stephen Farneth's design work has given some of the nation's most prominent architectural sites and buildings new life over the past four decades. An active and nationally recognized presence in the international preservation community, Steve Farneth is Vice Chairman of the US Committee of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and served as a previous steering committee member of the Getty Institute's Seismic Adobe Project. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the California State Historical Building Safety Board for over 10 years. Steve has sensitively guided the design and rehabilitation of some of the nation's most prominent architectural sites and buildings including The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, The Huntington Art Gallery and the Education and Visitor Center in San Marino, Cavallo Point - The Lodge at the Golden Gate in Sausalito, and University of Virginia's Garrett Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia. Steve leads ARG's Sustainable Design Studio, creatively integrating the goals of sustainability and preservation into all of ARG's planning and design projects.

Photo: David Wakley