Artist David Ireland passed away in May 2009 a year after selling the 1886 Victorian he had lived in since 1975 and transformed into a work of art residence.
Purchased for $892,058 by Carlie Wilmans, granddaughter of arts benefactor Phyllis Wattis and director of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, in a bid to preserve Ireland’s legacy, the proposal to rehabilitate and preserve 500 Capp Street will be heard this week.
The project will rehabilitate and restore the existing single-family residence, former home of conceptual artist David Ireland, for use as an artist-in-residence program and archive/study center (Community Facility), operated by the 500 Capp Street Foundation.
A free-standing, four-story residential (caretaker’s) unit with one off-street parking space will be constructed at the rear of the parcel. The Zoning Administrator will hear related rear yard, open space, and parking setback on street frontages variance requests for the proposed new building at the rear of the parcel.
The proposed project would result in two residential units (of approximately 2,440 square feet (sf) and 1,150 sf), one off-street parking space, and an approximately 1,320 sf archive/study center (Community Facility) in basement of existing building.
The 500 Capp Foundation proposes to establish an artist-in-residence program with one to two artists occupying and being inspired by the existing house on a short-term residency. Exhibition of artworks related to the artist-in-residence program may occur on a limited basis. The David Ireland archive/study center in basement of existing building will be open by appointment only.
Jensen Architects is leading the architectural charge. And while the project requires a conditional use authorization from the Planning Commission to move forward, the Planning Department recommends the project’s approval (as do we).
Access to 500 Capp Street would be by way of open houses (“space in the house is limited and due to the delicate nature of the house and its’ contents, the open houses would be limited to a set number of people, not to exceed 20 per hour”) and private tours.
∙ David Ireland’s 500 Capp Street: Inside And Soon To Be On The Market [SocketSite]
∙ 500 Capp Street Proposal And Designs [sf-planning.org]