Written by Elaine Stiles
Cavallo Point, a stunning National Park lodge situated at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, added another accolade to its already impressive roll last month. The US Green Building Council awarded the 34-building historic rehabilitation and new construction project Gold level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the second highest rating given. The certification marks the first National Park lodge and the first hotel on the National Register of Historic Places to achieve the LEED Gold standard for environmentally-sensitive design and construction.
Cavallo Point stretches over 45 acres at historic Fort Baker, an early 20th-century Army base now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Developed as a partnership between the Fort Baker Retreat Group, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Cavallo Point is the first multiple-building project incorporating rehabilitated historic buildings and new construction evaluated by the US Green Building Council. Factors considered in the certification included solar panels integrated into standing-seam roofing, sustainable building products like denim insulation, reuse and rehabilitation of the existing historic buildings, open space conservation, and use of more than 58,000 native plants in the landscaping plan.
After opening in June 2008, Cavallo Point earned widespread recognition for its successful interweaving of old, new, and green, making it a compelling witness to the link between sustainability and preservation. Among the tributes were a 2009 Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust, a 2009 California Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation, a 2008 designation as one of the Top 10 New Green American Landmarks by Travel & Leisure magazine in 2008.
Learn more about Cavallo Point:
- The Great Escape: At this California lodge, green living means indulging in a bit of luxury (Preservation magazine)
Elaine Stiles is a Program Officer in the Western Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She celebrated her anniversary at Cavallo Point last year and had a splendid time.