Since 2015, CounterPulse has found its permanent home at 80 Turk St in the historic Tenderloin district of San Francisco.

Now we need your support to secure our stage for independent arts to enliven this city for decades to come. 

building illustration

The 80 Turk Story

In 2012, CounterPulse faced the reality that our long-term lease at our SoMA venue was coming to an end. Twitter had moved in around the block and we faced a massive rent spike. So we started shopping around. We were ready to grow and we wanted a new home. We contacted Community Vision (f.k.a Northern California Community Loan Fund) to analyze our capacity to take on a new facility. At that same time, Community Vision had just begun working with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation to develop the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) – an innovative new pilot project dedicated to securing sustainable space for the arts and culture in the Bay Area. Thanks to CounterPulse’s healthy financials, our commitment to community, and some good old lucky timing, we were selected by CAST to receive support to purchase and renovate a building of our own. Working with Community Vision, we found a building that was the perfect fit: the old Dollhouse theater at 80 Turk Street in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. At first, their pitch on how we could eventually buy the building seemed too good to be true, but as time has told we dove in head first. CAST took leadership in clearing through the debt and other complications saddling the building, and Jensen Architects joined the team to design the renovation. Then the former owner of the Dollhouse visited our previous location on Mission Street, and was so moved by the work of CounterPulse, that he sold the building to CAST at a philanthropic price. We set-up shop at the un-renovated 80 Turk in the winter of 2014 and did tons of pop-up programming: from short residencies to dance parties, from performances to hackathons. We let the building begin to tell us what it wanted to become. In February 2015, federal funding in the form of a New Markets Tax Credit came through and we broke ground. After more than a year of construction and seven months of CounterPulse being displaced, we moved into our new home in March 2016.

This model of investing in spaces for the arts has been revolutionary worldwide, and if CounterPulse is able to buy our building from CAST, we will become the proof that this model works and pave the way for it to be replicated throughout the Bay Area and beyond (London is already modeling their own version off of CounterPulse and CAST partnership). Our aim is to buy the building from CAST in 2022, and manifest 80 Turk as the permanent home for CounterPulse.

We are in the home stretch to raise the remaining funds we need to secure our stage for years to come!



Check out photos of our new building

 See the full gallery >>        Check out photos from the 2015 renovation >>    

Read about our home here in the Tenderloin

CounterPulse in step with tech firm neighbors – SF Gate (2015)
CounterPulseFormer Tenderloin Porn Palace Begins Second Act As Avant-Garde Theater – San Francisco Magazine (2015)
2017 Inspirations Awards Winners Announced – Contract Magazine (2017)
CounterPulse within reach of building purchase in TL – Broke Ass Stuart (2022)
How one arts organization saved itself when Twitter moved in next door – Fast Company (2022)

More press about CounterPulse >>       More about Jensen Architechture’s design >>

Our home is part of a larger initiative to sustain arts in the bay area


Chase Bank, Community Arts Stabilization Trust, Community Vision, Emmett Quady Foundation, Epispace Foundation, Herbst Foundation, Jensen Architects, John & Marcia Goldman Foundation, Sakana Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Violet World Foundation, Ventura Partners, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and ZenDesk. Special thanks to the CounterPulse Board of Directors and all our generous individual 80 Turk Project supporters. We are especially grateful to the leadership of Lucy Milligan Wahl, Andrew Vaillancourt Wahl, Marshall Milligan, and Gretchen Milligan.