In a blow to the proposed Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio (CAMP), the Gap’s Don Fisher said on December 5 that he will consider major alterations to the Gluckman Mayner–designed contemporary art museum at the heart of a new development plan for the former military barracks, including a new site, a shorter height, and the movement of much of the museum underground.
In an October letter to the City Attorney’s office, the San Francisco Planning Commission had complained that an environmental impact statement was inadequate and did not fully address the impact of the new museum, situated within a National Historic Landmark District. Further, it stated that, “the design of the proposed contemporary art museum and the associated landscape plan is too stark of a contrast to the buildings and spaces that would flank it.”
Meanwhile, the Presidio Historical Association, an ad hoc coalition, has been organizing an ongoing effort against Don and Doris Fisher’s proposed $150 million museum, a white contemporary two-story structure that emphasizes the formal geometries of the former parade ground. The group has proposed a history center on the same site, replicating the barracks typology of the Main Post grounds.
According to a report in The San Francisco Chronicle, the Presidio Trust now wants Fisher to go back to the drawing board, moving the museum to the west, away from some sensitive archaeological sites, breaking it into two buildings, and putting about half of the new construction underground. The museum may be only one story high, no higher than adjacent historic buildings.
Asked if a redesign was in the works, Gluckman told AN, “Fisher is considering all his options.”