1938: Hunters Point houses its first artist
Painter and sculptor Adrien Voisin purchases the old Albion Brewing Company castle. He spends the next 20 years converting it into a private residence and studio.
1938: Government forces Bayview-Hunter’s Point residents to relocate
Congress rethinks its 1920 decision not to establish a permanent Navy base at Hunters Point. As World War II ramps up in Europe, the US government acquires the thriving Chinese shrimping community in Hunters Point through eminent domain. Many of the former residents are relocated to San Francisco’s and Oakland’s Chinatowns.
1939: the United States Navy takes ownership of the Shipyard
The Navy and local community join together to form the Hunters Point Improvement Association. The group is tasked with developing the district and deepening its connections to greater San Francisco. One of the association’s key goals early on is to build housing for defense workers. Almost overnight, they organize to build more than 12,000 new homes in Bayview-Hunters Point. It’s around this time, in fact, that “Bayview-Hunters Point” is recognized as its own San Francisco district, and the name—already long in use among locals—is set in stone.