Join us for the Unbuilt San Francisco: The View from Futures Past
exhibition opening celebration!
Music, performance, and art in Annie Alley, a side street turned temporary pedestrian plaza.
Visit the exhibition at both the California Historical Society and SPUR.
This event is sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District is a nonprofit organization working every day to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.
About the Exhibition:
CHS and SPUR join our partners AIA San Francisco/Center for Architecture & Design, Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley, and San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library in Unbuilt San Francisco, a five-venue exhibition examining unrealized visions of the urban landscape in the Bay Area.
Unbuilt San Francisco: The View from Futures Past presents some of the most ambitious efforts to reimagine the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area as a metropolitan region. The exhibition reaches beyond plans and models to depict the political, social, and economic challenges to sites—such as the Ferry Building, Marincello in the Marin Headlands, and Yerba Buena Center—that are embedded with unbuilt phantom histories. This exhibition spans more than a hundred years of making and remaking San Francisco’s image, yet is centered in late-twentieth-century ideas about public space. The selected artworks and architectural drawings propose that culture and collectivism have deeply impacted thinking about the built environment of the Bay Area.
This exhibition has been generously supported by our funding sponsors: Adolph S. Rosekrans, Inc. Architects, The Bland Family Foundation, Carey & Co. Inc., Cody Anderson Wasney Architects, Environmental Science Associates (ESA), Matthew Adams, Webcor Builders, and Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
In-kind support is being provided by our partners: Center for Architecture + Design (CAD), American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF), Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley (EDA), Hafner Vineyard, Lagunitas Brewing Company, One Brick, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), San Francisco Heritage, San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), Sherwin-Williams, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and Vignette Wine Country Soda.
Institutional support to CHS is provided by: The Barkley Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, and S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.
When & Where
California Historical Society
Our mission is to inspire and empower Californians to make the past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.
The California Historical Society holds one of the richest collections of primary and secondary materials in the state on the social, cultural, economic, and political development of California.
The Gallery provides public access to the collection through changing exhibitions, Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The North Baker Research Library provides public access to the collection, Wednesday through Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.