Hotels recognized for top industry standards in green practices.
San Francisco, CA (November 18, 2022) – The two historic boutique hotels in the Presidio of San Francisco, Inn at the Presidio and Lodge at the Presidio, were honored with the 2022 Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion Award on November 17 in a ceremony in Point Clear, Alabama. Granted by Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the award is presented to a hotel that best implements and practices innovative green initiatives and programs, demonstrating historic preservation is the ultimate green. The Inn at the Presidio also earned this award in 2017.
“We’re honored to accept this award from our peers, as a recognition of our commitment to innovative green initiatives and historic preservation,” Director of Presidio Lodging Terry Haney said. “We do this because it’s simply the right thing to do for our planet. It’s inspiring to see the positive response from our guests and the growing demand for sustainable travel as people become more aware of their individual environmental impact.”
Originally a former bachelor officer’s quarters built by the Army in 1903, the 22-room Inn at the Presidio underwent an environmentally sensitive restoration that transformed the historic structure into the park’s first public lodging in 2012. The building was certified LEED Gold® by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012. The 42-room Lodge at the Presidio, opened in 2018, was certified LEED Gold® in 2021. The stately red brick building on the Presidio’s Main Parade Lawn was built in 1897 and formerly housed enlisted Army soldiers. Both were rehabilitated under the principles of ‘adaptive reuse,’ minimizing waste by reuse while taking care to preserve both the natural and historical aspects that make the properties so extraordinary.
Aspects of Presidio Lodging’s operational practices include energy efficient heating, plumbing, electrical systems and appliances, natural ventilation, and lighting. Recycled jean scraps were utilized for insulation in the roof and walls. Presidio Lodging also follows green housekeeping practices and has a rigorous recycling and composting program that diverts most of its waste from landfills. Water is conserved both inside the hotels and in their exterior landscaping.
The Presidio is one of the largest historic preservation projects in the United States. Of the 600 historic buildings in the park, 80% have been put back into use—essentially “recycling” them which is the greenest building practice.
“As stewards of the Presidio’s historic and natural resources, we’re committed to using the highest standards for sustainability in our building practices, park operations, and environmental restoration efforts,” CEO of the Presidio Trust Jean Fraser said. “Visitors to our Lodge and Inn help us sustain the park as every dollar spent in the park goes right back into taking care of the park for future generations.”
Presidio Lodging consists of two historic properties, Inn at the Presidio and Lodge at the Presidio, both housed in former military buildings dating back to the late 1800s/early 1900s. Located in the Presidio, a 1500-acre national park site in the heart of San Francisco, the hotels offer guests exceptional recreational and leisure opportunities in a serene setting. Opened in 2012, the intimate 22-room Inn is the first lodging in the Presidio and is comprised of primarily two-room king suites with fireplaces. The centrally located Lodge opened in 2018 and is San Francisco’s closest hotel to the Golden Gate Bridge. It features 42 rooms with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay, the city skyline, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Both properties have outdoor firepits, expansive outdoor porches, complimentary breakfast, and a nightly wine and cheese reception. For more information and reservations, visit www.presidiolodging.com or call 415-561-1234.
The Presidio Trust is a leader in implementing ‘green’ building rehabilitation in historic buildings. Of the 800 structures in the Presidio, 600 contribute to its designation as a National Historic Landmark District, the nation’s highest classification of historic significance. Almost 80% have been fully or partially rehabilitated for public use. LEED standards were adopted for all large rehabilitation projects beginning in 2010, and 28 projects have been LEED-certified. The Trust is recognized by the California Heritage Council with awards for adaptive reuse in the Presidio Officers’ Club (2015), the Inn at the Presidio and Building 103 (2016), the Presidio Visitor Center (2017) and Lodge at the Presidio (2018). The Inn and the Lodge are members of California Green Lodging and are certified as San Francisco Green Businesses. Awards from the American Institute of Architects include Historic Preservation Honor Award, San Francisco (Inn, 2014) and Chapter Award for Historic Preservation (Lodge, 2019). Others are the TripAdvisor Green Leaders Platinum Award for Sustainability (2016) and Historic Hotels Sustainability Champion (Inn, 2017).