Daniel Libeskind’s New Building

Architect Daniel Libeskind spoke at the groundbreaking of his newest project, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, in San Francisco today.

The $47 million museum is scheduled to open in the spring of 2008. The Examiner reports:

…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.”

While at the groundbreaking, Gavin Newsom, below, tried to cool down under the hot sun (by San Francisco standards… I think it was in the low ’80s.)

  • Site: The Contemporary Jewish Museum [www.thecjm.org]
  • Photos: Drew Altizer [drewaltizer.com]