Women's Building, San Francisco

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The Women's Building is a women-led non-profit arts and education community center located in San Francisco, California, United States, which advocates self-determination, gender equality and social justice. The building has served as an event and meeting space since 1979, when it was purchased by the San Francisco Women's Center. The building is shielded from rising real estate costs in the Mission district because that group has owned the building since 1995. The four-story building rents to multiple tenants and serves over 20,000 women a year.The structure was built in 1910 and was originally known as Turn Hall because it was part of the Turnverein exercise movement.Building historyThe San Francisco Women's Center began in 1973. By 1974, it hired its first full-time employee and had moved into a small storefront office. In 1976, its difficulty in locating a venue for the national conference on Violence Against Women it was organizing with other women's groups led it to search for a permanent space. Through 1978 and 1979, it raised funds to put down an initial $10,000 deposit, and then a $115,000 first payment towards the $535,000 purchase price of the building at 3543 18th Street.Tracy Gary, one of the organizers of the Violence Against Women conference, and co-founder of the Women's Building, along with co-founder Marya Grambs and Women's Building staff member Carmen Vázquez, were interviewed in 1982 by Julia Randall for KPFA for the building's 3rd birthday. The women discuss the difficulties of the early years and how the building was being used in 1982. Roma Guy and her partner Diane were also two of the Women's Building's co-founders.
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  • July 3, 2017
    Hi, the Mission District is known for its charm and old. We realize that you have arrived at the Women's Building Mural when you can see both the walls and roofs, laying eyes on the suggestive Maestrapeace mural (Maestrapeace means "Women, master of peace"), one of the best pieces of public opera in San Francisco. The multicolored mural (two exterior walls) was created following a collaboration of women artists representing many different cultures. The building has four floors, blue names are names of grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts.
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  • November 1, 2016
    What a great experience and public art at it's best. Never knew this existed and then took an afternoon tour of the Mission District and our guide took us by and explained the history and even the rev...  more »
  • October 27, 2016
    I love the murals on the Women's Building! They are so intricate and colorful. I also like that names of women of substance are part of the murals. It's not just lovely art here, but also a history le...  more »
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  • June 8, 2017
    This is an incredible building and art work. I was blown away by the love and dedication it took to create such a wonderful place.
  • March 7, 2017
    Great location for cultural and political events. I have been here for Shabbat, a Trump resistance rally, a raffle event and a whole host of other things. It's a nice little building with several rooms that offer a good place for the community to hold events.
  • April 2, 2017
    The woman building is nice on 18 and. Mission. Take your family to see it that all im going to say.
  • February 11, 2017
    Love that they let various groups rent out space here. In a great spot near a lot of interesting shops and restaurants.
  • March 31, 2017
    The woman building is awesome its nice in and out. You got to see to believe it.😄😃

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