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"Designed by San Francisco architect Willis Polk, the Beach Chalet opened to the public in 1925 with a lounge and changing rooms on the ground floor," according to an interpretive display at the chalet.

"It also featured a restaurant on the second floor. It is a view that still provides diners with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.

"The extraordinary murals, mosaics and wood carvings were added in 1936 as part of a federal works program," the display noted.

"A few years later the building was pressed into wartime service as a barracks for the troops operating a nearby signal station.

"Today, the building and its art treasures welcome visitors from around the world to explore Golden Gate Park."

Another interpretive display details Golden Gate Park's history in concise fashion.

"John McLaren was superintendent of the park from 1890 to 1943," the display notes, "and his is the most-recognizable name in Golden Gate Park history.

"McLaren is credited with most of the plantings in the park ~ more than a million trees were planted during his 53 tenure.

"McLaren, often called Uncle John, was known for his love of fellow man and a devotion to nature. There are many stories of his crusty personality and his ability to protect the park from development.

"The 21-acre Rhododendron Dell was developed in memory of McLaren after his death in 1943 at the age of 96. It was said that these were his favorite of all the flowers in the park."

These photos were taken in September 2010.

(My images in this gallery were taken with a non-pro camera before I purchased my pro digital camera and lenses. The quality is less than I usually post, but I like the Beach Chalet and thought others might also like it, as well as learn a little about it. Image of the Beach Chalet courtesy of Sanfranman59 via Wikipedia. Photo, which has been edited, is released under this license: CC BY-SA 3.0.)
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