Welcome to Curbed's ongoing series titled Hidden History, where Curbed Contributor Alex Bevk highlights a Bay Area location with a secret past. Maybe it’s no longer there, maybe it’s been converted into something else, but each spot holds a place in SF history - even if not many people know it. Have a suggestion or know a place with a secret history? The tipline's always open or you can leave a comment after the jump.
Map showing location of Druid Heights in relation to Muir Woods [Photo: National Park Service]
The New York Times featured a slideshow of the buildings that are still there.
The five-acre enclave is located on protected land owned by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, who bought it in the 1970s to protect endangered species and the watershed of Muir Woods. The National Park Service currently evaluating it for recognition as a historic or culturally significant site. Most of the buildings are falling apart and uninhabitable, but a few original residents still remain, making a home out of buildings like converted chicken barns. Technically part of the GGNRA, the area is hidden down a mile and half unmarked dirt road, in attempts to protect the privacy of the remaining residents (who remain as part of a living will, meaning they can stay there and the Park Service can’t do anything to the site until they die) and protect the decaying buildings. Curbed won’t tell you exactly how to get there (that’s part of the fun), but a good Google search should help you figure it out.
Many thanks to Kristian Hansen for the tip! His site Hansen Report has more info and a great slew of photos.