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David Ireland House foundation distances itself from founder’s attempts to evict family

Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local. The 500 Capp Street Foundation is distancing itself from the actions of its founder, Carlie Wilmans, who is in the process of evicting an immigrant family living in a duplex she owns adjacent to the David Ireland House — a Mission District museum run by the foundation. “The staff and the board were unaware of the details in regards to the legal proceeding,” read an email from the “staff and board” of the foundation sent out last week. “We have recently been briefed on the matter and have voiced our deep concerns.” The letter adds that there has been an “unfortunate miscommunication” about the foundation’s involvement in the eviction of the immigrant family living at 3463-3465 20th Street, which abuts the historic house and art museum. “The 500 Capp Street Foundation does not own, or has ever owned, 3463-3465 20th Street,” the letter states. In 2008 Wilmans bought 500 Capp Street, the longtime home of celebrated conceptual artist David Ireland, for $1.6 million. Wilmans, the granddaughter of the prominent arts patron Phyllis Wattis, spent seven years turning it into a museum, while also setting up the 500 Capp Street Foundation. Around the […]

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