||The pair of 17
story apartment buildings at 1000 North Point and Van Ness Avenue are built
on the site of a former 4 story brick warehouse used by the military until
the 1960s. During the Spanish American War, troops were housed in the warehouse
known as the Camp Fontana Barracks. The apartments are known as Fontana
East and Fontana West. What makes them notorious? If you lived on the
north side of Russian Hill when the
Fontanas were built you wouldn't wonder. Because of their obstruction
of incredible views for the many to create very
incredible views for the few, the Fontana's inspired a 40' height limit
north of Telegraph Hill to the Embarcadero.
Neighbors there wanted to prevent a similar blight.