Marin Headlands – Three Sisters


As the 20th Century began Fort Barry underwent quite a build out with construction of troop barracks, officer’s quarters, command posts, and supporting facilities for the Marin Headland’s Endicott era gun batteries. Fast forward a hundred years and these buildings are now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Marin Headlands - Three Sisters

The Three Sisters, with the Nike Missile Base at far left.

If you have visited the Marin Headlands you have probably driven between the 1907 buildings known as the Three Sisters. The buildings tightly flank the road from Point Bonita and Battery Wallace to the valley floor. The largest building (Building 960, on the left in these images) sits above the Nike Missile Base and sports the geometry of a Quartermaster’s storehouse.

Marin Headlands - Three Sisters

The roadway tight between the buildings.

In April 2014, I visited the Headland Center for the Arts Spring Open House. This afternoon well spent provided my first opportunity to see the interior of Building 960. I had driven by this building countless times over the last 30 years and was delighted to discover what a jewel it is inside. In the late 1990s Artist Leonard Hunter and his crew of artists/craftsmen, in collaboration with architect Mark Cavagnero, renovated the building to serve as studios for the affiliate artists of the center. It is a fine repurposing of the building. The studios, distributed through three floors, are cleverly detailed and suggest a warm balance between personal workspace and collaborative commons.

Later that afternoon I did a bit of KAP to document nearby Battery Wallace. As we were leaving for the day I launched the camera again for a 15-minute session shooting the Three Sisters.

Here is a set of images from the session that I have posted to Flickr:


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