Larkspur Landing

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Larkspur Landing
Larkspur Landing with ferry Del Norte, November 2018.JPG
MV Del Norte at Larkspur Landing in November 2018
Location Larkspur, California
Coordinates 37°56′42″N122°30′32″W / 37.945°N 122.509°W / 37.945; -122.509 Coordinates: 37°56′42″N122°30′32″W / 37.945°N 122.509°W / 37.945; -122.509
Owned by Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
Operated by Golden Gate Ferry
Bus operators Golden Gate Transit
Marin Transit
Connections Larkspur station located adjacent to the terminal, a short walk away.
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit logo.svg Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit
ArchitectJacques de Brer
OpenedDecember 11, 1976 (1976-12-11)
Larkspur Landing

Larkspur Landing, also known as Larkspur Ferry Terminal, is the main Golden Gate Ferry terminal in Larkspur, California, in Marin County north of San Francisco. The terminal is a regional hub receiving heavy service from throughout the North Bay for commuter ferries south to downtown San Francisco. [1]



Larkspur Landing at dusk on a Sunday Larkspur Landing 3020 03.JPG
Larkspur Landing at dusk on a Sunday
Nearby Larkspur station in December 2019 First train at Larkspur station, December 2019.JPG
Nearby Larkspur station in December 2019

Among various San Francisco Bay Area properties owned by San Francisco-born civil engineer Alfred Finnila in the 1970s was the area known as Larkspur Landing in Marin County. In the mid-1970s, Finnila sold, leased and rented parts of Larkspur Landing to the City of Larkspur and to various businesses, including the restaurant chain of Victoria Station. [2] [3]

The part of the area sold to the City of Larkspur by Alfred Finnila, to be used as a major Marin County ferry terminal, is today known both as Larkspur Landing and as Larkspur Ferry Terminal. It is the main Golden Gate Ferry terminal in Larkspur, Marin County.

Constructed in the mid-1970s, Larkspur Ferry Terminal rose from the ashes of the long demolished Hutchinson's Rock Quarry. The Ferry Terminal was built with an 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) open air space frame, or tetrahedral-octahedral tesselation, a canopy designed by architect Jacques de Brer. [1] [4] [5] [6] The Ferry Terminal opened on December 11, 1976, and regular commute service started two days later. The ex-quarry-property also spawned the Larkspur Landing Shopping Center (now Marin Country Mart), with adjacent apartments and office space. [1]

Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit terminates at Larkspur station, [7] located near the ferry terminal. It serves as an intermodal station, where passengers can transfer to San Francisco-bound ferries [7] after a 13 mile (0.5 km) walk. [8] The station opened for service on December 14, 2019. [9]

Director Don Siegel filmed the final scenes of the 1971 movie Dirty Harry in the vicinity of Larkspur Landing and at the adjacent East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. After hijacking a school bus, the character of "Scorpio" - played by Andy Robinson - drives into East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at the Greenbrae interchange, before crashing into the site of the Hutchinson Company quarry. [1] [10] [11]

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