Castro community space and “Third Space” art pop-up opened in the former Eros district

On Friday, September 16, the Castro group gathering area and third pop-up arts area opened within the former homosexual bathhouse/intercourse membership Eros (2051 Market St. at Church).

Hoodline readers will keep in mind final yr’s closing of Eros after 30 years in Castro earlier than shifting to a brand new location in Tenderloin. A brand new 7-storey, 29-unit mixed-use condominium constructing is proposed on the positioning.

Based by Edna Nyangau and Bria Goeller, Third House is a part of a group gathering area and artwork gallery.

“We attempt to create an area for empathy and dialog and herald a number of totally different points of San Francisco that you do not usually discuss to collectively,” Guler mentioned.


Third House is now open at 2051 Market St. | Picture: Stephen Bracco/Hoodline

Third House is likely one of the few institutions that may briefly function exterior the constructing whereas builders acquire the required permits. Goeller and Nyangau Hoodline advised that they anticipate to be at this location till fall 2023.

The brokerage agency owns THG, INC. It’ll even have workplace area inside the constructing, and ArtFuse SF Gallery may even use the area.

“The idea is that house is the primary place, work is the second place, and the third is the additional place that’s neither a bar nor a church,” mentioned Guiler.

Guiller clarified that Third House won’t host organized occasions or take commissions. As a substitute, Guler mentioned, “We attempt to take a extra group middle method and take everybody who applies. We’ll herald artists who do not usually have entry to gallery areas, the place individuals can come and discuss in regards to the problem of issues that haven’t any place in on a regular basis language.”


Third House co-founders Edna Nyangau (left) and Bria Goeller (proper). | Picture: Hilary Hofstein/Third House

Goeller and Nyangau defined that their enterprise partnership started simply hours earlier than the place was discovered. Goeller, artist and designer, and Nyangau, UC Berkeley biochemist by day and advocate for artists by evening, got here up with the thought of ​​opening their very own area whereas speaking on the telephone about an unrelated artwork dialogue.

“We realized we had totally different approaches,” mentioned Niangao. “So long as we’ve got the identical core, it does not matter what our curriculum is.”

They noticed a social media submit from constructing proprietor Antoine Sendou saying the area. Having by no means met in particular person, Guler and Nyangao pitched the thought to Sindhu who was on the airplane instantly. Guler and Niangau defined that the three agreed they needed to create an area the place anybody can be welcome.

“It is among the finest blessings I’ve had this yr,” Niangao mentioned of assembly Sindh. “We’ll see the place it goes.”

Goeller and Nyangau kicked issues off final Friday with a grand opening occasion and plan to host quite a lot of different occasions, events and group discussions. They hope the launch occasion will result in extra curiosity within the area from the group for internet hosting occasions in area.

“It was a lot nicer than we might ever think about,” Guler mentioned of the launch occasion. “Large deal, good power, lastly group. I am actually trying ahead to creating more room for issues like this.”

“I used to be completely blown away and so joyful to be part of it,” mentioned Daniel Shremshire, one of many attendees on the launch occasion. Congratulations on an absolute victory.

Presently, Third House will host two month-to-month occasions – one on the second Saturday and one on the final Friday of every month.

Guler mentioned they’re working with Castro and attempting to get group representatives and organizations to carry occasions into the third area. They’ve additionally introduced group member Yves Chu on board as an envoy and plan to carry extra individuals sooner or later.

The third area will use each flooring of the two-story constructing. Three rooms within the basement can be used for artwork and textile print pop-ups and a reception space on the bottom ground can be reserved for THG places of work.


Tarot card studying at Saturday’s third area launch occasion. | Picture: ThirdSpace/Instagram

Two rooms upstairs and an arcade host the primary exhibitions, bar and DJ space. A again room previously utilized by Eros as a dungeon has been transformed into an interactive black gentle room. “I cherished it as a result of it is so superior and so cool,” Edna mentioned of the Black Gentle Room.

The sauna area has been transformed right into a heated room for the “sizzling matters area,” Edna mentioned. On this area, individuals will be capable to write messages on the wall.

“We’ll attempt to give precedence to marginalized teams as a lot as potential,” mentioned Niangao. “We’ll attempt to give everybody a voice.”