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.
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.