The 500 Capp Street Foundation has a lot to be thankful for this year. After six years of planning and development, the Foundation is moving closer to re-opening 500 Capp Street to the public, fully-restored and with a dynamic calendar of public programming and events. This would not be possible without our incredible team: Jensen Architects, Oliver & Company and Architectural Resources Group. We are thankful for their diligent work, their sensitivity to the project, and their dedication to the house.
Even with the rainy weather over the past couple of days, our team has been working at full force to install the first panels of waterproofing and moving on to the next phase of construction: The pouring of concrete for the new foundation. This phase holds a lot of significance. Not only does it signify the progression of the project, but also the symbolic nature of concrete as it was a vital material for David Ireland.
Excavation continues at 500 Capp Street, with concrete being poured early next week. As the construction work continues at a steady pace at 500 Capp Street, at the offices of Foundation we are busy working on managing not only the house but also a large collection of artwork. As we continue to finalize programming for the re-opening of 500 Capp Street, we look to not only develop programming within the walls of the home, but to also share and explore David’s work in other spaces and contexts.
Next week we observe Veteran’s Day, honoring the brave men and women who have served our country. David Ireland served in the army from June 1953 to 1955, shortly after graduating with his undergraduate degree from California College of Arts and Crafts. While often overshadowed by his other career in insurance and his company Hunter Africa, the army most certainly made an impact on David’s career trajectory.
Congratulations to the 2014 World Series Champions – The San Francisco Giants!!! With so much of the week’s festivities in San Francisco focused on the World Series, Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos has snuck up on us pretty quickly! The celebrations after the Giant’s victory on Wednesday took a toll on the Mission District, but miraculously 500 Capp Street was spared from any damage. This is not the first time the house has been “miraculously” spared from harm. This streak of luck at times seems too good to be true.
One of the first things people notice as they approach the front of 500 Capp Street is the shimmering gold lettering in the front window. While the letters have faded over time, you can still make out “Accordions – P. Greub.” This was one of the first things that David Ireland noticed about the home as well. Mr. Greub’s accordion shop proved to be a key feature of the property that motivated David to purchase it.