It has been close to 40 years since David Ireland purchased 500 Capp Street. While the surrounding area of the Mission District has been rapidly evolving into the diverse neighborhood we know today, the house has remained embedded with the history of its previous owners.
The Foundation and members ofour team have started 2015 with a sense of excitement as we prepare to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of David Ireland purchasing 500 Capp Street and the count down to its reopening to the public is underway.
2015 marks several major milestones for 500 Capp Street. Not only will the Foundation be completing the restoration of the home, but it also marks the 40th anniversary of David Ireland purchasing the home.
In 1975 Ireland paid $25,000 for the home located on the corner of 20th and Capp Street. At the time Ireland was not looking to create the masterpiece
The holiday season is at its peak! It is a time when things slow down and we have the opportunity to take in the beauty around us. This was a key element of David Ireland’s art: the ability to see the inherent beauty of the imperfections in the world around us. As Ireland stated on numerous occasions, “Art simply occurs in the process of living your life”.
Winter solstice occurs this weekend, marking the darkest day of the year. Although during this time the natural light at 500 Capp Street is minimal, it provides for a unique opportunity to light the house using the lamps David Ireland made. Using his signature materials of copper and concrete Ireland constructed over ten operational lamps. These lamps provide unique lighting which perfectly accompany the candle holders and the infamous fire chandelier.
The Bay Area and Northern California experienced an intense storm Thursday, with hurricane-force winds up to 78 mph in some areas and largeportions of the city facing power outages. While the rain is desperately needed, such mega storms are capable of damaging properties. Many homes and businesses in the area experienced flooding. Luckily, 500 Capp Street’s track record of surviving natural disasters remains intact.