Letterman Digital Arts Center

Coordinates: 37°47′59″N 122°26′57″W / 37.79981°N 122.44926°W / 37.79981; -122.44926
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37°47′59″N 122°26′57″W / 37.79981°N 122.44926°W / 37.79981; -122.44926

Letterman Digital Arts Center
Side view of Building B of the
Letterman Digital Arts Center
General information
Town or cityPresidio, San Francisco, California
CountryUnited States

The Letterman Digital Arts Center (LDAC), is an institution located in the Presidio, San Francisco, that has served as the combined home of Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Games, Lucasfilm Animation and Lucasfilm's marketing, online, and licensing units since 2005.


Opening ceremonies were held June 25, 2005.[1] The $350 million, 850,000 square foot (79,000 m2) center is home to 1,500 employees,[1] who began moving there in July, 2005. The grounds were designed by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, who has also restored San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square. The design architect for the buildings was Gensler, and architect of record was HKS, Inc.[2]

The Lobby of Building B is open to the public during regular business hours and contains a gallery of Lucasfilm memorabilia including props and costumes from the Star Wars film series. On the patio near the entrance to Building B is a fountain featuring a life-sized statue of Yoda.[3][4]

The Presidio is a former U.S. Army base. The arts center takes its name from its location on the former site of the army's Letterman Army Hospital, which was named for Dr. Jonathan Letterman, medical director for the Army of the Potomac in the U.S. Civil War.[3]

The building earned a LEED Gold certification. One of the reasons was the building was built from the recycled remains of the building it replaced, the Letterman Army Hospital.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Levy, Dan (2005-06-26). "Lucas' Presidio premiere / Filmmaker christens his new studio with a picnic for 2,000". SFGATE.
  2. ^ King, John (2005-07-05). "SAN FRANCISCO / Lucas casts a spell at Presidio / New empire of 'Star Wars' creator is slightly unreal". San Francisco Chronicle.
  3. ^ a b "The Presidio: Letterman Digital Arts Center". Presidio Trust. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  4. ^ "Yoda Fountain". National Park Service (U.S. Department of the Interior). Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "Letterman Digital Arts Center". Onelettermandrive.com. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  6. ^ Boniface, Russell (2008-10-03). "AIArchitect This Week | Lucasfilm's Letterman Digital Arts Center Achieves LEED Gold". Info.aia.org. Archived from the original on 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2013-10-16.

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