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500 Capp Street

As a fellow resident of San Francisco's infamous Capp Street, I’ve always been intrigued by the stories and history of David Ireland’s home at the corner of 20th Street. For those unfamiliar, artist David Ireland passed away in 2009, leaving behind an eclectic and prolific body of work – his biggest and best-known being his home of 30 years at 500 Capp Street. The Victorian turned site-specific art/living space underwent major maintenance and transformation during his time there, and explored a huge range of concepts and seemingly mundane materials – furniture and food turned art, cement turned paint and so much more.

His home was purchased in 2012 and has since been undergoing massive reconstruction to bring it back to life as a living, breathing museum. Now run and preserved by the 500 Capp Street Foundation, it is set to reopen in January 2016 so the public can experience the home as Ireland left it. Tours will resume, as well as access to an artist-in-residency program and archives of Ireland’s work.

Can’t wait until January? Me neither.

Until then, watch this SFMOMA video featuring Ireland and his home.

And visit the 500 Capp Street site for information on David Ireland and the space, blog updates and photos.