We will be located outside on the Great Lawn which is on the western edge of Treasure Island. This artificial island lies in the San Francisco Bay between San Francisco and Oakland, and is also an emerging neighborhood of San Francisco. The island is named after the novel Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson, who lived in San Francisco from 1879 to 1880.
Treasure Island was built with imported fill on shoals on the north side of Yerba Buena Island for the Expo in 1939. The connected Yerba Buena Island sits in the middle of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. Built by the federal government, Treasure Island was planned for and used as an airport for Pan American World Airways flying boats, of which the China Clipper is an example. Full construction of Pan Am’s headquarters was diverted. Instead, Treasure Island’s ﬁrst role was to host the 1939-40 World’s Fair,Golden Gate International Exposition.
Treasure Island is entirely within the City and County of San Francisco, whose territory extends far into San Francisco Bay and includes a tip of Alameda Island. The 535-acre (2.17 km2) man-made island used to be owned by the U.S. Navy, but was later sold to the city of San Francisco for $108 million as part of a redevelopment project.