Lucas museum pitch named finalist for Presidio project 

click to enlarge Ideas for an 8-acre site in the Presidio include filmmaker George Lucas's proposed art museum. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Ideas for an 8-acre site in the Presidio include filmmaker George Lucas's proposed art museum.

A museum proposed by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas to showcase visual storytelling and house his art collection is one of three development projects being considered for a plot of parkland at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Lucas museum would include the $1 billion collection he has amassed over more than four decades, which reportedly includes illustrations by Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish. Lucas intends to finance the project himself.

Supporters include U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Gov. Jerry Brown and filmmaker Martin Scorsese.

The finalists for the 8-acre site facing Crissy Field in the Presidio were presented Monday to the Presidio Trust, which manages the former military base that is now a national park.

Another proposal by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy would retain much of the site's open space and include displays about the history of the Presidio.

The other plan was submitted by the architecture firm WRNS Studio and consulting firm Chora. It would create a museum combined with a science and nature center.

The Presidio Trust has not set a deadline to select the winning proposal.

"We really need to be thoughtful about which proposal best fits in, both in terms of the project and the program," said Craig Middleton, executive director of the Trust.

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