Bayview Community Center

Renovation - Community Center
Project Number:
November 1, 1966
Bayview Community Center A-1
San Francisco, California
Project Name:
Bayview Community Center

In order to communicate how a building to expresses itself and to give the denizens of the area an ability to make a choice, Willis and Associates used images of the people in the neighborhood, of drugs and play yards, of the happy and the brutal. In 1966, the black community leaders asked Willis to serve on the board of the Bayview-Hunters Point Non-Profit Development corporation and to assist them to convince the city to sponsor housing for Hunter’s Point. The restoration of the Bayview Community Center, included the restoration of the interior of the adjacent, wood-frame, building that had been San Francisco’s first Opera House. The work included a plan for a small park across the street at the corner where riots began in the beginning of the civil rights movement. The construction of these projects would not be implemented for many years.