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Exterior Views

From time to time, I stumble across a little design gem where the more you look, the more you see. Such was the case last week while on a tour showcasing construction and art works throughout San Francisco that were the direct result of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal programs operating from 1933 to 1942.

We made a stop in Golden Gate Park to visit the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club which was built by the Work Progress Administration (WPA) in 1938.

As we came to the front entry, I could tell this structure was something special. We were greeted by a beautiful stone entryway around a substantial wooden door hung on handcrafted iron hinges and a superb stained glass window in the door of nothing other than a fly fishing lure!

Stained Glass Fly Fishing Lure

Stained Glass Fly Fishing Lure

Inside, the lodge was crafted of hand-hewn beams and corbels supporting knotty pine beaded boards throughout. The kitchen was clearly built a long time ago but with good materials in a functional layout such that, with a little TLC, it is still serving the needs of the club even today.

Old Kitchen Still Going Strong

Old Kitchen Still Going Strong

As we walked through the building to go out and see world-class fly fishing folk practicing in the casting pools, I noticed that they even have custom lockers designed to be extra tall (about 12′) to hold each angler’s fly fishing rod. They thought of everything!

Fly Fishing Rod Lockers

Fly Fishing Rod Lockers


About CatTail Studio Arts

I am Theresa - the 'T' in CatTail Studio Arts. My husband, Chuck, is the guy behind the 'C'. Our tales cover our many interests including good food, adventurous travel, cooking, gardening, hiking, cycling, crafting ceramics, beekeeping and occasionally even cat tales!
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