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The Clarion Alley Mural Project

Clarion Alley, San Francisco, California 94110 USA

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Clarion Alley is a small street in San Francisco between Mission and Valencia Streets and 17th and 18th Streets. The alley lies at what was once the center of a lagoon that covered the central Mission District area, although some historians dispute the existence of the fresh water lagoon. Originally called "Cedar Lane," the alley's name was changed around the turn of the twentieth century to Clarion Alley. Clarion Alley 2012 The street is notable for community and arts activity, including the Clarion Alley Mural Project, the American Indian Center and Promotoras Latinas Comunitarias de Salud.

The warehouse at 47 Clarion was originally known as the Woodmen Building with the main door at 3345 17th Street. It was an IWW meeting hall, where Tom Mooney once attempted to organize railway workers,Later, 47 Clarion was home to artists and musicians from at least the early sixties through 2001. Notable residents included Terry Riley, The Cockettes, Lise Swenson of Artists' Television Access, and two of the artists - Rigo 23 and Aaron Noble, who were founding members of the Clarion Alley Mural Project.

Noble and Rigo together painted the mural "Superhero Warehouse" showing a series of depressed superheroes on the warehouse's side, as a contribution to the mural project. 47 Clarion was demolished in 2001, and a parking lot for the condominium project on 17th Street replaced it. It became a symbol of the neighborhood's gentrification. The Clarion Alley Mural Project formed in 1982, inspired by Balmy Alley and other murals and muralists of San Francisco's Mission District. One of the early murals, painted by Scott Williams after research done by Fred Rinne depicted native animals of the Mission District.

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Jake

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February 7, 2014

This and Balmy street alley are a must visit in the mission district if you're into murals.

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Cin

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July 6, 2016
Rated 5.0

BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK! Although, the overwhelming smell of pot from behind the fence was a bit much!

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Dakota

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November 11, 2015

There are some amazing artists at work here, visit early on a weekday and it won't be too crowded but you might see an artist at work.

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Zoë Wanders

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October 6, 2014
Rated 4.0

Gorgeous alley. A lot of activist messages and a wide range of different styles. Repainted every few weeks. Definitely walk through, sunset hits it perfectly.

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