Donald Fisher Pulls the Plug on Presidio Museum


We hope you enjoyed the long weekend, but now it’s back to business. First up, after what feels like years of reporting (because it has been — here our first post from back in mid-2007), the long-winding saga of Donald Fisher‘s Presidio Museum has finally come to an end. After these past two years of back and forth with the National Park Service and preservationist who didn’t like his museum idea from the start, all of which resulted in numerous plan revisions, Fisher has decided that it’s been all too much and has decided to pull the plug on the project — at least on that particular part of the Presidio. Here’s a bit:

“Doris and I hoped to share our art collection with the public and enhance the cultural experience of the National Park in the city where we live and raised our family,” Donald Fisher said in a statement. “Our dream was that this gift would be embraced and supported across the board.”

The Fishers said they will consider other sites for the museum, including elsewhere in the 1,480-acre Presidio, a former military post that the U.S. Army transferred to the National Park Service in 1994. The Fishers had planned to build the the museum at the Main Post, the site of a Spanish garrison established in 1776.