San Francisco Women's Building: An Icon of Art and Empowerment

The San Francisco Women’s Building is a landmark internationally recognized for its mural, MaestraPeace (1994), which honors women’s contributions around the world. The building dates from 1910 and tells the story of San Francisco’s rich cultural layers. It was a German gym and Norwegian hall before becoming the first women-owned and operated community center in the country in 1979. Recommended as a “must see” in countless travel books, Maestrapeace is also featured in Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo. Authors describe that it was “fueled by a community mandate to express the historic significance of the San Francisco Women’s Building.” Daily, the mural attracts the awe and cameras of tourists from around the world. Now, over seventeen years old, the mural needs restoration work. The Women’s Building has launched a capital campaign to raise funds for restoration - they have reached 70% of their goal and need your vote to secure the last crucial funds. Maestrapeace is a work of artistic achievement and a symbol of women’s contributions throughout history and the world. It is important to restore MaestraPeace so that future generations will be reminded of the power of women through this glorious work of public art.

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