Treasure Island revisited, a photo tour

Treasure Island graphic

Treasure Island graphic

Treasure Island revisited, a photo tour

There is something cool about visiting an island in the middle of San Francisco bay. Treasure Island has such a kitschy title that harkens back to something mysterious and full of surprises, considering it was named after the novel Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson who live briefly in the city. Entirely man-made from landfill, the island was originally planned as an airport for the popular Pan-American clipper planes, but instead it was used strategically to host the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939-1940, and later became a naval base. Currently the island is used for rental housing, cinema studios for the large hangers, office rentals and special events.

 

 

Alcatraz island landscape scene, San Francisco, California

Treasure island landscape scene, San Francisco, California

 

 

 

 

Giant sculpture on grass esplanade

Giant sculpture on grass esplanade

Wow views

On a clear day from Treasure Island, you can see gorgeous views around the bay from the hillside coastal ranges all the way through the Golden Gate Bridge and beyond to the Pacific ocean. In fact you get a 360 degree view of the entire Bay Area from here and adjoining Yerba Buena Island. Alcatraz island is just in front of you, with the Golden Gate bridge in the background, the Marin headlands and Sausalito is just to the right of the bridge. On the left of the bridge are expansive views of San Francisco’s skyline and bay front. Treasure Island connects to the Bay Bridge which directs traffic from San Francisco to the East bay cities of Oakland and Berkeley. A new extension bridge is being built on the Oakland side with a modern single suspension span that will bring the wow factor to Oakland and the general East Bay.

 

 

Treasure island deco images, San Francisco, California

 

 

 

 

Treasure island deco images, San Francisco, California

 

 

 

 

Art Deco painted panorama

Art Deco painted panorama

Deco-rama

Outside of the killer views, there is one beautiful building worth visiting on the island and it’s just pass the gatehouse. The only surviving structure left from the exposition, Building One as it is called is designed in the streamline moderne style. After the exposition, it was planned to be the main air terminal for the Pan Am clipper planes and was used in succession as a naval strategic command center, a museum, and now for develop authority functions, offices and special events. Inside and out of this grand structure are deco period architectural details, sculpture and other art deco memorabilia. There are beautifully painted murals on the upper balcony showcasing s sampling of local commerce, industry and Bay Area activities.

 

 

Treasure island flea market, San Francisco, California

 

 

 

 

Treasure island flea market, San Francisco, California

 

 

Can't wait to chow down

Waiting to chow down

Killer lunch

One of the best ways to enjoy the island and visit Building One would be to check out the monthly antique and collectibles market happening on the last weekend of every month. There are a lot of treasures to dig up at this flea market, look out for some cool memorabilia, fun and quirky objects, retro clothing and re-purposed products. After digging up all those new-found treasures, you might want to take a break and try some of the tasty food trucks lining the grass mall with gorgeous views of the city. There’s nothing better than have a great lunch with killer views of the city to enjoy and admire the cool treasures and gifts that you purchased at the market.

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4 Responses to Treasure Island revisited, a photo tour

  1. golden rama June 14, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    Good write-up. I absolutely love this website. Keep it up!

  2. Emma @ GottaKeepMovin June 22, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Sweet photos, Noel! I especially like the one of the giant woman sculpture! You don’t realise how big it is until you scroll down and see the little people next to it! Great post.

  3. Pacific Inn Hotel June 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    Treasure Island is great place to have fun, my brother went there few years back and I really enjoyed seeing his photos. I also like your photos they are beautifully representing the beauty of this Island

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