Becky has a new photography challenge for the month of April and this is the first time that I have tried her Past Meets Present format.
She has asked us to post at least two pictures with the following conditions:
- The first must have been taken by you.
- The second needs to be of the same view (or similar) as the first but taken days, weeks or years before. This one doesn’t have to be taken by you, so it can be of a postcard, a picture in a book or a painting.
The first photo below was originally published in the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin newspaper on September 23, 1947. It shows a view of the Civil War-era Fort Point as seen through the engineered arch of the Golden Gate bridge.
I took the second photo in 2013 on one of my Swing shift rounds of the South Anchorage roof. It is one of my favorite images of the fort and it was the first one that I thought of a few days ago when I saw the old B&W image for the first time.
Joseph Strauss Rescues a Future Historic Treasure
“An attempt in 1926 to preserve the fort by the American Institute of Architects failed to gain traction, but Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss recognized its historic value. “While the old fort has no military value now,” Strauss wrote, “it remains nevertheless a fine example of the mason’s art… it should be preserved and restored as a national monument.”
In response to this challenge, Strauss’ engineers  fashioned a massive steel arch that supported the roadway while preserving the fort. This design element—a graceful arc in elegant juxtaposition to the angular brick structure below—saved Fort Point, which would be named a National Historic Site by Richard Nixon on October 16, 1970.” 
I was part of a crew of electricians who were tasked with adding a pair of temporary security cameras on the fort following the attacks of September 11, 2001. We had to run conduits, pull cables, and mount power supplies while observing one very strict directive from the National Parks Service: NO holes for support anchors or equipment could be drilled into the face of ANY brick in the building. We could only put a bare minimum of anchors in the cement joints between the courses of bricks. Those cameras were still operational when I retired 4 years ago.
 There is some disagreement as to who came up with the arch design; one reference says it was Clifford E. Paine, another credits Charles A. Ellis.
 The Point of Fort Point: A Brief History, Golden Gate Bridge Research Library