Warden House - San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 37° 49.572 W 122° 25.317
10S E 550871 N 4186689
Quick Description: This site has what remains of the building that served as Alcatraz's Warden's House from 1934 to 1963.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 7:18:04 AM
Waymark Code: WMKTNE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
Views: 1

Long Description:
Wikipedia (visit link) informs us:

"The Warden's House was the home of the wardens of the state penitentiary on Alcatraz Island, off San Francisco. It is located at the northeastern end of the Main Cellblock, next to Alcatraz Lighthouse. The 3-floor 15-room mansion was built in 1921 according to the Golden Gate National Recreational Area signpost, although some sources say it was built in 1926 or 1929 and had 17 or 18 rooms.

Between 1934 and 1963 the four wardens of Alcatraz resided here including the first warden, James A. Johnston. A house of luxury in stark contrast to the jail next to it, the wardens often held lavish cocktail parties here. The signpost at the spot shows a photograph of a trusted inmate doing chores at the house for the warden and that the house had a terraced garden and greenhouse. The mansion had tall windows, providing fine views of San Francisco Bay.

Today the house is a ruin, burned down during the AIM (American Indian Movement) Occupation of Alcatraz on June 1, 1970. Like many sites on the island, the house is reputed to be haunted. Several guards reported seeing the spectre of a man with mutton-chop sideburns during a party wearing a gray suit and brimmed cap, leaving the room icy cold and extinguishing the fire in the Ben Franklin stove."

A sign at the site has three photos and the following text:

"WARDEN'S HOUSE
Alcatraz's Executive Mansion

For many years, Alcatraz's most powerful resident lived in
a Victorian cottage on Officers' Row. That changed in 1921
when this 15-room mansion was completed. Built on the
island's summit to command respect, this was the official
residence of the military prison's commandant until Alcatraz
opened as a federal penitentiary in 1934.
From 1934 to 1963, each of the penitentiary's four wardens
lived here, just steps from his private entrance to the
cellhouse."
Type: Ruin

Fee: 30

Hours:
9-6:30


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