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.
Mother Nature is finally delivering what is so badly needed here...rain! And lots of it! Our crews have been working through the storms over the past week to make sure the project stays on track. On Wednesday, passers-by got to peak at the work being done as we removed some of the siding on 20th street to carefully take out the bricks along that edge. We then covered the hole with treated wood and plastic to protect from the elements. The wood and plastic will soon be replaced with a new concrete foundation.
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.