Signs of Life for the Academy of Art’s St. Brigid Church at Van Ness and Union

It’s been a long journey for St. Brigid’s Church at 2151 Van Ness but these ironworkers seem to think that the bulk of the necessary fix-up work has been completed.

Check out some of the history from the Academy of Art’s Paul Correa, below

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“A good example is the school’s building at 2151 Van Ness, the former St. Bridget’s church. It was dilapidated, leaking and slated for demolition when the Academy acquired it in 2005. The former owners couldn’t afford the very expensive seismic retrofit it needed, and other buyers weren’t interested for the same reason. In 2005 and ’06, our contractor cleaned up the water damage and did asbestos abatement. That was phase one. In phase two we filed our permit application for seismic upgrading; this was July of 2006. In February 2009, the historic commission granted a certificate of appropriateness for the retrofitting work and ADA improvements … actually all the improvements at that site. We’re planning on starting the seismic work at the end of spring semester. So the work has been going on for 2-1/2 or 3 years. Because it’s a historical building, the process of applying and reviewing the plans to get permits and begin work is challenging and time-consuming. But otherwise it’s typical of the effort that goes into making sure our buildings are safe and meet code. And it will be worth the effort to save a beautiful historic building that was endangered.”

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