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Bayview is the winner of Curbed Cup 2016
Date: January 3, 2017
Special mention of reopening of the BVOH

CalRecycle Best Used Oil and/or Household Hazardous Waste Education Award
Date: November 3, 2016
Mural Project "Don't Dump Oil"

Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) Award
Date: January 27, 2016
3rd on Third: BEST Invest in Neighborhoods Grant

San Francisco Bay Guardian
Date: July 26, 2012
Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ARTS HIGH NOTE
Whether it's the free yoga classes, creative summer art camp, or Saturday afternoon alfresco concerts...
In the Press
San Francisco Chronicle:
Published: September 23, 2016
A new show at the Bayview Opera House
by Caille Millner
"The Bayview Opera House is officially open to the public — again. I went by the reopening... Read more

San Francisco Chronicle:
Published: September 22, 2016
The Ruth Williams Bayview Opera House opens
by Leah Garchick
"There was a big outdoor party on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Bayview Opera House for the opening of its new Ruth Williams Memorial Theater, named for a community activist... Read more

San Francisco Chronicle:
Published: September 14, 2016
Renovated Opera House a boon for the Bayview, but work remains
by John King
"When the Bayview Opera House reopens this weekend after a $5.7 million renovation that took nearly three years, the celebration will be well deserved... Read more

Published: July 22, 2016
Renovated Bayview Opera House Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting Ahead Of September Reopening
by Meaghan Mitchell
"In May, we reported that the historic Bayview Opera House had plans to reopen in October after a two-year renovation, but it turns out... Read more

Channel 7 News:
San Francisco's Bayview Opera House receives makeover
Aired: July 20, 2016
by Carolyn Tyler
"The first theater ever built in the city, the Bayview Opera House, has received a major makeover and congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is among the first to see it..." Watch video

San Francisco Chronicle:
Published: July 18, 2016
Opera House stages revival in Bayview
by Sam Whiting
"When the time finally came to renovate the landmark Bayview Opera House, designer Walter Hood decided to elicit neighborhood feedback..." Read more

Bay Guardian Online:
Live Shots: Livening up Mendell Plaza
by Ariel Soto-Suver
"Every Saturday, as part of a 12-week free concert series, the Bayview Opera House transforms Mendell Plaza into a music-filled oasis... Read more

Published: February 15, 2012
"I Heard That": Bayview Opera House Celebrates Black History ...
by Rochelle Metcalfe
"LORD, how we got over - we've come a mighty long way!" Lyrics from a Black spiritual express the struggles suffered by Black folks at the hands of Slavery and segregation ... Read more

San Francisco Examiner:
Published: November 7, 2011
Renovated Bayview Opera House looking forward to next 122 years
by Sarah Gantz
The Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre is a 2011 recipient of the Governor's Historic Preservation Award. The 122-year-old Opera House, where Barbara Ockel is the interim managing director, recently underwent renovation as part of the Save America's Treasures historic preservation project... Read more

San Francisco Chronicle:
Published: July 5, 2011
SF Bayview Opera House renovation needs more money
by Stephanie Lee
From vaudeville to art classes, countless events have unfolded within the walls of the Bayview Opera House since 1888. But last winter, during a multimillion-dollar revitalization of the historic landmark, one of those walls revealed something unexpected.......
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National Park Service:
Published: May, 2011
Featured Property during May - Preservation Month
Now known as the Bay View Opera House, this opera house was built in 1888...
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In more depth

The Western Edition:
Published: April 30, 2011
Revitalizing the Bayview Opera House-summer camps for youth
At the epicenter of Bayview's emerging commercial corridor, a vision exists of a children's art education facility....
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San Francisco BayView:
Published: April 15, 2011
Art exhibit and actors workshop at Bayview Opera House
by Barbara Ockel
Jacques Terzian, 89, founded the largest artist colony in the nation at the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco....
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Published: April 5, 2011
Bayview Opera House receives national historic status
by Jessica Kwong
At last, a once-dilapidated, recently-restored cultural center and longtime local landmark in southeast San Francisco has been named a national historic monument...
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San Francisco BayView:
Published: March 10, 2011
Dare to dream Š at the Bayview Opera House!
by Barbara Ockel
Black History Month was very exciting at the Bayview Opera House, featuring such major local talents as Mastamind filmmaker Kevin Epps...
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San Francisco BayView:
Published: February 5, 2011
Welcome to the beautiful Bayview Opera House
by Barbara Ockel
The Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre underwent a major transformation last summer...
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Published: December 16, 2010
San Francisco Opera House's Restoration Continues
by Sarah Marloff
The oldest performing arts building in San Francisco is in the process of getting a facelift.
The Bayview Opera House was designed by Henry Guilfuss and completed in 1888 ...
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SF Architectural Heritage News:
Published: November 30, 2010
Bringing new life to Bayview
by Mark Buhler
On November 22, the Board of SupervisorsÕ Land Use Committee unanimously recommended that the City convey a 50-year preservation easement on the Bayview Opera House to Heritage ...
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SF Weekly:
Published: November 24, 2010
Letters to the editor (3rd letter on page)
by Marc Ellen Hamel
Finding the Floor Underfoot
Remodeling an opera house brings new life into Bayview-Hunters Point: I am so happy to see these changes happening at the Bayview Opera House ...
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SF Weekly:
Published: November 17, 2010
Restoring Bayview Opera House lifts the area
by Matt Smith
Barbara Ockel crouches at the entrance of a crawlspace under the stage of the Bayview Opera House, retracing her discovery of the building's long-hidden, 3,000-square-foot hardwood floor. It had long been considered lost, supposedly ripped up to make way for linoleum. But shining a light in the crawlspace revealed that the original floor had been covered, not removed, and thus preserved well enough for a brilliant restoration ... Read more

SF Examiner:
Published: August 8, 2010
Repairs outnumber funds for opera house
by Andrea Koskey
SAN FRANCISCO - Barbara Ockel may have bitten off more than she can chew. Planned renovations, subsequent delays and newly discovered safety concerns at the Bayview Opera House have become her pet projects ...
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SF Examiner:
Published: Jan 22, 2010
Urban Forest preview at Bayview Opera House
by Brent Begin
If you can't plant a tree in the cement, at least you can remind city dwellers what a tree is. ThatÕs what a group of artists is planning to do with the Urban Forest Project, a privately funded effort through the Department of Public Works ...
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On YouTube
2011 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards:
Published: February 13, 2012
2011 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards
by California State Historic Preservation Office
Video about the project to restore the Bayview Opera House (AKA South San Francisco Opera House, one of the 2011 winners of the California Governor's Historic Preservation Awards.

SF Weekly:
Published: November 17, 2010
Bayview Opera House's Newly Restored, 122-Year-Old Wood Floor
by Matt Smith
This week's Matt Smith column describes how Barbara Ockel, acting director of the 122-year-old Bayview Opera House, discoverd a vast, antique Douglas Fir floor that records said no longer existed. The floor has been recently restored, turning a once-drab interior into an exquisite performance and gallery space.

Here's Ockel guiding a video tour of the restored Opera House's interior:

Bay Area Vista:
Published: November 2, 2010
Dreams Coming True!
by Janice Edwards
Join Janice Edwards and guest co-host Charleston Pierce for interviews with interim managing director Barbara Ockel and yoga instructor Armando Luna on location at the Bayview Opera House, where his dream of being a model and actor began.

Part I, Interviews with Charleston Pierce and Armando Luna

Part II, Interview with Barbara Ockel

BayView Opera House:
Published: January 20, 2009
President Obama's Inauguration Celebration at the Bayview Opera House
by Micah Fobbs
The Bayview Hunters Point Community Celebrates the Inauguration of the First African American President

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