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Construction Update Week #9

Things continue to progress at a steady pace at 500 Capp Street. The reinstallation of the windows now completed, other conservation needs will begin to be addressed. Next to get the attention of our team is the front door.

The front door is symbolic across cultures and history, and a key feature in any home. With its original details, the iconic solid redwood door at 500 Capp Street is in need of some minor restoration after nearly 120 years. Continue reading

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Construction Update Week #8

A common question the 500 Capp Street Foundation receives is: “What are your long term plans for conservation on the house?” This is a complicated question for any organization that cares for modern and contemporary art where the artist did not outline a specific plan for the estate. While the Directors of the 500 Capp Street Foundation will be handling all conservation needs on a case by case basis, the need to create optimal conditions within 500 Capp Street, without compromising the aesthetics of the home, Continue reading

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Construction Update Week #7

You may notice something different about the exterior of 500 Capp Street next week…

The windows are being re-installed at 500 Capp Street next week after fourteen weeks of restoration. During this time the upstairs parlor, with the windows David Ireland so meticulously cared for, has been dark. Light is a component of all works of art, but none more so than the saffron walls of 500 Capp Street. Continue reading

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Construction Update Week #6

In November 1975, just months after he moved into 500 Capp Street, David Ireland received a notice to repair the sidewalk from the City of San Francisco. Because all homeowners are responsible for the upkeep of sidewalks in front of their property, David begrudgingly complied. In true “David Ireland” style, he turned the chore of repairing the sidewalk into a performance by having it filmed by Tom Marioni. Continue reading

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Construction Update Week #5

After a brief lull last week, construction moved along this week. Steel beams for shoring arrived on site and are being cut to fit and installed to support the underside of the house. The staff at the 500 Capp Street Foundation took care to salvage windows, bathroom fixtures, and wood from demolition. But we also decided that the excavated dirt from underneath the house was also important to save. This raised the eyebrows of our construction foreman. Continue reading

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Construction Update Week #4

When David Ireland began removing layers of wallpaper from the interior of 500 Capp Street, he revealed the home’s history, including some of its quirks. The same is true as we continue to excavate underneath the house this week. These quirks have led our team to be very thoughtful about how to proceed with the placement of some of the structural supports below the house. It has also inspired us at the 500 Capp Street Foundation to revisit the origins of the home Continue reading

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Construction Update Week #3

Excavation of the basement continued this week at 500 Capp Street. The work continues to be painstaking, with the crews carefully working around the edges of the house revealing the original brick and mortar foundation. Upon completion of this phase of excavation, structural steel will be put in place next week to shore up the house. Continue reading

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Construction Update Week #2

As an earthquake rolled through the Bay Area early on Sunday morning, it seemed like an oddly fitting start to the work week as our crew focuses on putting in the new foundation at 500 Capp Street to protect it from future earthquakes.

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Construction Update Week #1

Six years of evaluating and planning have finally turned to action this week as the 500 Capp Street Foundation embarked on the first construction phase at 500 Capp Street, and the dramatic difference to the exterior is already visible! Continue reading

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Restoration to Commence On 500 Capp

An intensive conservation and construction effort will begin August 12th by a team assembled by the 500 Capp Street Foundation. When 500 Capp Street reopens it will become the latest arts organization to join the culturally dense Mission District. 500 Capp Street will provide the Bay Area community not only with public access to the house, but also a study center and archive for Ireland’s works, as well as an artist-in-residency program. Continue reading