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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...
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...
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...
Hoodline: 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...
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..."
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..."
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...
BeyondChron: 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 ...
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...
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.......
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...
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....
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....
SFGATE.com: 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...
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... Read more
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... Read more
Preservation: 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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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