Originally constructed in 1888, the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre (BVOH) is one of oldest cultural buildings in San Francisco and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Situated along the Third Street commercial corridor, BVOH became an official Cultural Center of San Francisco in 1990, and has served as the focal point for art and culture in the Bayview Hunters Point community by providing accessible, diverse, and high quality arts education, cultural programs and community events in a safe environment. BVOH is at the epicenter of an up-and-coming neighborhood.
The community is thrilled that the City is investing in the Bayview Opera House's building and plaza renovations. The building and grounds are closed until the summer of 2015 and set to reopen with upgraded, fully accessible interior restrooms; an enhanced lobby area; improvements to the lower level classroom; and structural improvements to the main hall, which is graced with the original 1888 theater proscenium and original floors. The exterior will showcase the historic Newcomb Street entrance with a contemporary walkway and main entrance that will lead to a newly designed exterior stage and expanded garden areas for programming. The exterior work has been designed by internationally recognized landscape architect Walter Hood in partnership with TEF Design.