The October 12th tour of Mare Island Navy Yard attracted 36 participants, the second largest group ever to attend an NCCSAH program.
The all-day event began with a tour ably led by Mare Island Historic Foundation docent, Barbara Davis. Highlights included the interior of the base commander’s classical revival residence and the craftsman chapel, which houses the largest collection of Tiffany stained glass windows west of the Mississippi.
The group enjoyed a break for a picnic lunch, after which, thanks to arrangements with the tenant, BluHomes, we were permitted to view the interior of one of the yard’s veritable cathedrals of industry, a massive glass-curtain-wall factory building constructed in 1940.
At the conclusion of the organized portion of the day, participants, on their own with a map and brief guide, were able to survey numerous other structures, representative of the yard’s periods of significance, dating from 1856 through World War II. The wealth of historic resources surprised most attendees, for whom Mare Island was terra incognita.
A hearty thank you to Barbara Davis and to docent Joyce Giles, who with Barbara, early in a planning process that included two reconnaissance visits, patiently answered our questions and helped to ensure a quality experience for all of us.
More information on the tour is included in the Mare Island Tour Newsletter
Photos provided by John Koelsch: www.johnoliverkoelschphotography.com