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David Ireland House at 65 Capp Street

residencies which included living space, a monthly living stipend, a materials budget, technical support and administrative aid. Each residency culminated in a new site-generated installation which remained the property of the artist once the residency was complete. The early projects used the David Ireland designed house, almost exclusively, as the springboard and exhibition location of the completed work.

In 1988, while 65 Capp Street continued to house the artists, the work and exhibition spaces were relocated. The new location was a spacious concrete garage, originally built in 1926, at 270 14th Street. The building had previously operated as an auto detailing shop under the name Auto-Visual-Techniques(AVT). Capp Street incorporated this acronym and became known as CSP/AVT.

With 10,000 square feet of open space and a surrounding second story mezzanine, the building provided fresh neutrality and uncompromised scale.

CSP's programs also changed in the late eighties expanding to include: Temporary Off-Site Installations, Experimental Project programs, additional exhibits by young curators, workshops, lectures, and performances.

In 1994 CSP, seeking increased accessibility and a wider audience, moved to 525 2nd street, a prime location in close proximity to Yerba Buena Gardens and the new Museum of Modern Art. The new facility designed by Stanley Saitowitz was comprised of three gallery spaces. Although slightly smaller this space offered increased flexibility and the possibility of up to three concurrent exhibits.

CSP/ATV at 270 14th Street

Capp Street Project was established as an experimental art space in 1983.

The project was created when Ann Hatch acquired the David Ireland designed house at 65 Capp Street in San Francisco. Although her original intention was to preserve the house as a work of art, a personal inquiry concerning patronage and the desire to nurture non-traditional art making processes, ultimately led in another direction.

The artist-in-residency program was created and became central to Capp Street Project. CSP provided three month

CSP's mission to provide opportunities for contemporary artists working in diverse media attracted a talented group of international and local artists and resulted in compelling and varied site specific artworks throughout the eighties and nineties.

In 1998 the CSP name and concept were acquired by the Wattis Institute while the David Ireland designed house returned to the private sector. As part of Wattis, the residency program continues the tradition of encouraging and exhibiting artworks inspired by the constantly changing forms and ideas of contemporary art.

 
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