Rob Thomson, a federal preservation officer for the Presidio Trust, describes the stockade at Ft. Scott standing behind him.
Story and photos by Thomas K. Pendergast
It was once a place dedicated to war, with the prospect of death, but now the Presidio Trust is hoping to turn Fort Scott into a campus committed to peaceful change and social justice.
Mostly built from 1909 to 1912 and used as barracks for soldiers assigned to fire the big artillery guns that once guarded the San Francisco Bay, Ft. Scott is one of the last remaining relatively unoccupied places in the Presidio.
The 30-acre site has 20 Spanish Revival style buildings in need of renovation, and the Presidio Trust is looking for developers and organizations to help remodel and lease them.
Two other buildings have already been renovated, with one building alone costing $11 million to renovate over a five year span.
But that is only part of the challenge, because the Trust is not looking for just anyone with money to become tenants.
“We’ve been contemplating this for a long time,” said Jean Fraser, the Presidio Trust’s chief executive officer. “We’re now at a point where we have the financial wherewithal to manage the rest of the Presidio and we’re really interested in seeing whether there are organizations out there that want to make Fort Scott a really special place, serving a higher purpose.”