DREAM SITE: Stairwell’s at Aquatic Park

What if the next Stairwell’s show was in one these 2 circular concession stand/restroom structures at Aquatic Park? There’s quite a bit of history here–one of the largest WPA projects in the 20s, site of the Maritime Museum since the late 50s, much adored swimming spot (despite the frigid temps of the SF Bay), and more. But really, the stairs on the outside of these little circular buildings, along with the seemingly unused stadium-style bleachers adjacent to the museum make it a too-good-to-be-true Stairwell’s site (of the future). Seriously though, anyone who can help us with this, please get in touch! Both concession stand buildings are currently unused and inaccessible. At the very least, we should play a celebratory game of Bocce Ball there sometime like they used to do way back when. [CL]

(top) Aquatic Park Concession Stand, 1 of 2 (not currently in use), shot with my phone’s camera one morning in March, 2013.
(middle) Aquatic Park visitors sit in the bleachers at the Maritime Museum and in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle, Read more here.
(bottom) Bocce Ball, Aquatic Park 1958, Fred Lyon (b. 1924), archival pigment print, Courtesy of the artist and Modernbook Gallery, San Francisco, L2013.1001.012. Currently on view at SFO.