Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Modern Art Museum in a National Historic Landmark District?

Why is a 100,000 square foot modern art museum being planned for 50 yards from the flag pole and the spot where General Pershing's family perished in a fire while he was away in Mexico fighting Pancho VIlla? (Oh, you forgot that chapter of American-Mexican relations?) It will be about 100 yards from the archeological remains of the first Spanish Presido (1776). The humongous museum will dominate the parade ground and contrast sharply with the historic architecture all around it.

Don't get me wrong, I think that a better site should be found for this important collection of modern art on the Presidio, but not in the historic heart of this remarkable place.

And while I am at it, have you visited a museum on the Presidio to learn about its history or even glanced into a useful visitors center? Of course not, after ten years of leasing the Presidio to commercial and private interests, there is no museum to let the public know about this place that is a remarkable National Historic Landmark District.

What do you think? What should be done?

1 comment:

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