CJM breaks ground on visionary new facility

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is moving into its new home on a portion of Mission Street that may one day be the cultural equivalent of New

York’s Fifth Avenue.

Today’s groundbreaking of the three-story, 63,000-square-foot structure comes on the heels of the December opening of the Museum of the African Diaspora on the next block.

The new CJM is the work of architect Daniel Libeskind and is housed in the former Jessie Street Power Substation. Libeskind and Mayor Gavin Newsom are expected at this morning’s 10:30 event.

“It’s a historic substation that once had a lot of toxicity,” said Sam Nunes, an architect who helped on the design team.

The brick and terra cotta power station was first built in 1881. Following the 1906 earthquake, it was rebuilt and served as a PG&E substation until the 1960s.

The new museum will open the building to the public for the first time in nearly a century.

The museum is dedicated to exploring and sharing Jewish

perspectives on culture, history and art. It will not have a permanent collection, but will instead focus on contemporary rotating exhibits.

The site shares the same plaza as St. Patrick’s Church and the future Mexican Museum. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts are both just minutes away on foot.

Given the proximity of all the culture, an art lover could easily spend an entire day in The City’s museum district, said Connie Wolf, director and CEO of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

“It’s the museum corridor,” Wolf said. “There are discussions” among various art institutions to develop a single pass to allow entry to several museums, the executive director said.

The $47 million museum is slated to open in the spring of 2008. Fundraising is ongoing in the $77 million campaign that also aims to support the museum’s endowment.

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces charges against former SFPD Officer Christopher Samoyoa in the 2017 fatal shooting of Keita O’Neill at a press conference outside the Hall of Justice on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
DA Boudin charges fired SFPD officer with manslaughter over fatal shooting

Ex-Officer Christopher Samayoa to face criminal charges in killing of Keita O’Neil

The area near the Castro Muni Metro Station is expected to be affected by construction work on the Twin Peaks Tunnel, with lane closures on Market Street and some loss of parking. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Construction on Twin Peaks Tunnel to begin November 30

Area around Castro Muni Station will see greatest impacts including lane closures on Market Street

(Genaro Molina/Pool/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Newsom calls latest surge of COVID-19 cases ‘unprecendented’

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation California’s latest surge of COVID-19… Continue reading

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, during a news conference on March 10, 2020. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
LA County suspends outdoor dining at restaurants as coronavirus surges

By Alex Wigglesworth Los Angeles Times Los Angeles County public health officials… Continue reading

Renderings of the main entrance to upcoming Mission Bay elementary school on Owens Street. (Courtesy photo)
SFUSD offers first look at planned Mission Bay elementary school

San Francisco school officials this month unveiled the design of a planned… Continue reading

Most Read