CAST – Community Arts Stabilization Trust

Real Estate

1007 Market Street: The Luggage Store Gallery (aka 509 Cultural Center)

The Luggage Store Gallery builds community by organizing multidisciplinary arts programming accessible to and reflective of the Bay Area’s residents. Its programs are designed to broaden social and aesthetic networks and to encourage the flow of images and ideas between the diverse cultural communities that cross paths in the exceptionally dynamic Central Market San Francisco neighborhood. During a time of rapid change in the neighborhood, the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) acquired the Walker Building, the Luggage Store Gallery’s home. The purchase will allow gallery owners to maintain occupancy of their building, which was at risk of sale to private investors, and ultimately to assume full ownership. CAST will help the Luggage Story Gallery remain in Central Market as an anchor community arts organization. Over the next few months, CAST will oversee a renovation project that will allow the Gallery to maximize its space to advance its mission. Located in an existing historic three-story mercantile concrete-framed building, The Luggage Store Gallery will receive upgrades to all existing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural and fire and life safety systems. CAST, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, will build the Gallery’s organizational capacity to purchase the building after a period of seven to ten years.

The Luggage Store Gallery has been a part of San Francisco for more than 25 years. We are thrilled to be among the first pilot projects to partner with CAST to work toward securing a permanent home. We welcome the opportunity to work with CAST because we believe that arts organizations like ours are the heart and soul of this city. CAST is about more than buildings, it’s about embracing the importance of art and culture in our daily lives.”  – Darryl Smith, Co-Founder/Director, Luggage Store Gallery

The Luggage Store Galery

The Luggage Store Gallery


80 Turk Street: CounterPulse

CAST acquired the neglected theater on the blighted block of Turk Street to further its goal of securing permanent art space in the Central Market/Tenderloin area. The building offered a rare opportunity to purchase space already designed as a theater. The former adult theater known as the Dollhouse is poised to become the new home for CounterPulse, a dynamic community arts organization that support the open exchange of art and ideas. CounterPulse provides space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators and serves as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture. Over the next six months, 80 Turk will be activated by a variety of arts programming before renovations begin in December 2014. The construction project includes an interior renovation to the existing historic two-story concrete frame building and full basement. The building will be transformed into a vibrant performing arts space that includes two rehearsal studios, office space and a three-story lobby with full ADA access for performers with limited mobility. CAST, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, will build CounterPulse’s organizational capacity to purchase the building after a period of seven to ten years. Learn more about CounterPulse’s new home.

For over 20 years, CounterPulse has served as a platform and incubator for socially relevant arts experiences. By giving a stage to underrepresented voices, CounterPulse instigates social change. Right now, there is no better neighborhood to center our advocacy than the Tenderloin. Along the swiftly changing Mid-Market corridor, CounterPulse’s new location is at ground zero for the change San Francisco is experiencing. By partnering with service organizations, like CAST, neighborhood residents, advocacy groups, and for-profit corporations, we build the bridges that ensure the entire community can ride the tide of this incredible transformation. Building a permanent home for artists will be a significant part of ensuring the vitality and inclusivity of cultural life in San Francisco. – Julie Phelps, CounterPulse Artistic Director

80 Turk Street

80 Turk Street


Contact Information

For project specific information, please contact Suneetha Venigalla at 415.556,9888 ext 104; svenigalla@cast-sf.org.