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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.