Piers 1.5, 3, and 5 are opened after a decade of construction led by Chief Engineer of the State Harbor Commission, Frank G. White. The unique architectural style of these piers, known as Beaux-Arts, sets them apart from similar structures along the Embarcadero. These Piers, along with Pier 1, become the only group of Piers in San Francisco dedicated to inland trade and transportation.
The Delta Queen and the Delta King begin transporting goods and people between Sacramento and San Francisco. The ferries dock at Pier 1 1/2 when they arrive in San Francisco, making this pier an important hub for transportation between coastal and inland California.
San Francisco’s waterfront becomes a logistics center for military activity during World War II. The Coast Guard, Immigration Services, and the Maritime Service Enrolling Office occupy Pier 5 during these years.
After the war, the Piers fall into disuse as more modern ports in other coastal cities take on the roles the Piers once held in California’s economy. Many of the Piers along the waterfront are demolished during this time. However, Piers 1 1/2, 3, and 5 remain standing.
Today, Pacific Waterfront Partners continues to manage Piers 1 1/2, 3, and 5. World-class restaurants and internationally recognized companies now occupy these piers. The Piers, which ushered in the first era of economic prosperity in California, continue to play a central role in a new global economy.