Forest Hill station (San Francisco)

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Forest Hill
BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg
Forest Hill Station-1.jpg
Forest Hill station building
Location Laguna Honda Boulevard
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°44′53″N 122°27′33″W / 37.74803°N 122.45914°W / 37.74803; -122.45914Coordinates: 37°44′53″N 122°27′33″W / 37.74803°N 122.45914°W / 37.74803; -122.45914
Owned by MUNI
Platforms 2 sides

36 Teresita
43 Masonic
44 O'Shaughnessy
52 Excelsior

L Owl
Disabled access Yes
Opened 1916-1918
Rebuilt November 1982 (Muni Metro)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni Metro   Following station
L Taraval
toward Embarcadero
M Ocean View
S Castro Shuttle
toward Balboa Park
K Ingleside
toward Sunnydale
T Third Street
Designated 2004[1]
Reference no. 231

Forest Hill Station is a Muni Metro station near the Forest Hill and Laguna Honda neighborhoods in San Francisco, California. It was originally built as part of the Twin Peaks Tunnel in 1916-1918, and is the oldest subway station west of Chicago.[citation needed] The station was originally named Laguna Honda; lettering with that former name is carved on the station headhouse.

Scenes from the films Dirty Harry (1971) and Milk (2008) were shot inside of this station.

Station layout and architecture[edit]

Elevator shafts at Forest Hill station

Forest Hill Station was built in a "restrained classical revival"[2] style which has remained largely unaltered to the present. There are also a few decorative features suggestive of an Art Nouveau esthetic, for example malachite colored accents placed over the elevator doors.

The station consists of two side platforms next to the tracks far below the surface. Forest Hill Station is located deeper underground than any other Muni Metro station; so much so that, unlike other stations, most people use an elevator to reach the platform at Forest Hill. Unlike all other underground Muni Metro stations, there is no underground concourse mezzanine level directly above the platform level. Instead, the concourse level is in a station building on the surface.

Forest Hill and Eureka Valley stations were originally constructed with low platforms, as streetcars of that era had steps to load passengers from street level. However, the six new Market Street Subway stations, as well as West Portal station, were built with high-level platforms for speedier level boarding onto the new Boeing LRVs. With Eureka Valley station permanently closed, Forest Hill was left as the only low-platform station on the Muni Metro subway. Muni soon modified the station with high-level platforms, elevators for handicapped access, and ventilation improvements. The $6 million project, which upgraded Forest Hill to equal the new stations while keeping its historic architecture, was completed in 1985.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  2. ^ Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny. An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Santa Barbara, Gibbs-Smith, 2007 p96-7
  3. ^ "Chapter 1". Muni Metro Turnaround Project: Final Enivironmental Impact Statement. United States DEpartment of Transportation Urban Mass Transportation Administration. August 1989. p. 1-2 – via Internet Archive. 

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