Does Anybody Loves T3?

4 October 2007

Building T3, 2007

The last couple of weeks I have spent a lot of time reading about and researching the Presidio. An army post for 218 years before becoming a national park in 1994, it has a some history. Much of what is written about are the greatest hits: The Bridge, Fort Point, The Cemetery, Crissy Field, the Civil War Era Brick Barracks. They are duly appreciated and I am glad to learn so much about them. I just wonder though, does anyone love T3? So far the things I know about T3 are basic. It was built in 1942 as a temporary structure (the T) to house soldiers, cost $10,200 and “exhibits one of the highly standardized designs developed for rapid and economical construction nationwide as the United States became involved in World War II”. That doesn’t elicit great emotion.

Still, I love T3. I love the way everything functional is on the outside – it seems like some early ancestor of the Pompidou Center. I love the way the chimney is strapped and leaning outward, holding on. And when the grass isn’t cut, tiny weedy white flowers pop up in the lawn. The stairs, the siding, the 8 over 8’s and mortar make and all those lovely lines. I wouldn’t want to live in it but it’s nice to look at night.

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