Restoration

Construction Update Week #6
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.
Construction Update Week #5
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.
Construction Update Week #4

When David Ireland began removing layers of wallpaper from the interior of 500 Capp Street, he revealed the home's history, including some of its quirks. The same is true as we continue to excavate underneath the house this week. These quirks have led our team to be very thoughtful about how to proceed with the placement of some of the structural supports below the house. It has also inspired us at the 500 Capp Street Foundation to revisit the origins of the home

Construction Update Week #3
Excavation of the basement continued this week at 500 Capp Street. The work continues to be painstaking, with the crews carefully working around the edges of the house revealing the original brick and mortar foundation. Upon completion of this phase of excavation, structural steel will be put in place next week to shore up the house.
Construction Update Week #2

As an earthquake rolled through the Bay Area early on Sunday morning, it seemed like an oddly fitting start to the work week as our crew focuses on putting in the new foundation at 500 Capp Street to protect it from future earthquakes.

Construction Update Week #1

Six years of evaluating and planning have finally turned to action this week as the 500 Capp Street Foundation embarked on the first construction phase at 500 Capp Street, and the dramatic difference to the exterior is already visible!