The Irish Center is at a Crossroads. The current facility and business cannot be sustained long term, and the future of the Irish Center in San Francisco is at stake. It is a time for a bold move. It is time to think big.

It is time for the Irish Center 2025 Project

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  Established 1975 | Re-Established 2025

The whole Irish American community is buzzing with optimism since we revealed a bold new visionary proposal to rebuild The Center. While the Building Working Group committee explored several options in the Spring of 2021, the option to redevelop the existing site was the concept that made most sense. A new building provides the community with a greater variety of spaces devoted to cultural programming uses that is currently not available.

One of the options during the period of discovery and brainstorming was to sell the existing building and move elsewhere in the city or develop a new center outside the city. This option did not enthuse or energize the group. Neither did the idea of remodeling the center or adding couple of more floors to the existing structure. The reasoning was the high cost of rehabbing the building and tearing everything back to the studs to structurally support the addition of any new floors on top of the existing structure.

Pre-construction cost analysis for the new building comes in at $60 million dollars. The grand redevelopment plan proposed by Redmond Lyons and his committee calls on the entire community to contribute and participate with their Time, Talent or Treasure. Many in the community will be able to donate money to help rebuild, but there are others who have graciously already offered their time and talents to the committee to rebuild the Center.

Check back here for updates on the 2025 Project and ways you can contribute your Time, Talent or Treasure.

Renderings

Initial Concepts to help convey the potential for the new space

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45th at Wawona

 

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45th at Sloat

 

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Wawona St.

 

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Interior Lobby

 

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Emerald Pub

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Room

 

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Dowling Library

 

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Gym & Cafe

 

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Roof Restaurant

 

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Aquatics Center

 

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Lobby & Shoppe

 

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45th at Wawona

 

Form Generation & Inspiration

Initial Concepts.

Irish Center 2025 Project 3D Virtual Fly-Through

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to do something really special for the Irish American community to ensure a gathering place for all of us for decades to come.”

Liam Reidy

President, 2021 UICC Board of Directors

“This building will stand testament to the great vision, commitment, and generosity of this era – and should be completed debt-free as a gift to the future generations of Irish and Irish Americans of the Bay Area.”

Redmond Lyons

President, R Group Inc.

Media

Public outreach regarding the 2025 Project. Watch this section for frequent updates.

PRINT

Irish Herald - October 2021

UICC President Liam Reidy’s article “Daddy, Are You Really Going To Build A New Irish Center?”

Irish Herald - September 2021

UICC President Liam Reidy’s article “A Good Start Is Half The Work”

Irish Herald - August 2021

UICC President Liam Reidy’s article “Build It And They Will Come”

Irish Herald - June 2021

UICC President Liam Reidy’s multi-page article introducing the genesis and overall vision of the 2025 Project

VIDEO

2025 Project Launch Party - Aug 28, 2021

Launch party for the Irish Center 2025 Project

Irish Center 2025 Project 3D Virtual Fly-Through

Presented at Irish Center 2025 Project Launch Party, August 28 2021

UICC Public Meeting - May 7, 2021

Public Meeting to discuss the future of the Irish Center

Pledge

Please consider a Pledge to The 2025 Project. Download the PLEDGE FORM,  fill in the details and send it to us (options on the form) and we will contact you as soon as possible. If you have any questions please email us

Join Us

Find out the ways you can contribute your Time, Talent or Treasure to the 2025 Project.