The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street is the late conceptual artist’s 1886 Italianate-style home and site-specific artwork, widely considered the centerpiece of Ireland’s career and a landmark of American art.

 

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