Southeast Community Center Tour Guide
Welcome to the new Southeast Community Center at 1550 Evans! We hope you enjoy the tour of this historic neighborhood landmark. Use this brief guide to learn more about what the new center has to offer.
The new Southeast Community Center (SECC) at 1550 Evans Avenue is a hub for local community to gather, learn, play, and grow. This partnership between San Francisco’s southeast communities and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is designed to promote the health, well-being, cultural, educational, and financial empowerment of southeast residents. SECC is a state-of-the-art, 40,000-square-foot, three story, gold LEED building with two acres of open space. It features:
- Beautiful event space & amphitheater for community use
- On-site café
- Free Wi-Fi and public workspaces
- Nonprofit partner organizations to serve the community
- Greenspaces for gathering, playing, and exercise
- $1M in art commissioned from local artists
- Transit accessible and onsite parking
The first floor features a café being operated by Hungry Kitchens, offering healthy and delicious food and beverages for the community to enjoy. There is also indoor and outdoor seating for visitors. The first floor provides an open and welcoming space for community members to gather and enjoy the new center. One half of the first floor is dedicated to the Wu Yee childcare center, which can serve up to 68 children.
The second floor is where much of the programming will happen at the new center. Upon going up the stairs, to your right is more space for community members to gather and work. There are additional tables with outlets to charge your electronic devices. There is also a maker’s classroom in this area. Going down the hall you will see our multipurpose rooms. They can be configured as one large room or three smaller rooms that are perfect for workshops and seminar style activities. Each room comes with AV equipment, chairs, and tables. The artwork outside of this corridor is titled “Building a Better Bayview” by Phillip Hua. This three-dimensional photo collage mural commemorates the six community founders of the Southeast Community Center. The art along the corridor is all from local artists.
The third floor will house non-profit organizations that will operate onsite. We plan to have a mix of organizations that provide services in alignment with the Southeast Community Center vision and mission. We plan to have two types of partners in this space; anchor tenants are larger organizations, while community hub tenants are smaller organizations that will lease workstations. This mix will ensure large and small organizations have a presence at the community center. Tenants will have shared access to the classrooms and meeting spaces on the third floor. The art along the corridor is all from local artists.
The Southeast Community Center features over 30 pieces of art all done by local artists who are part of the Bayview Artist Registry. San Francisco Public Utilities Commission staff worked in close partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission on the selection of artwork featured at the community center. The artwork was purchased using funds generated from the construction of the Southeast Community Center through the Art Enrichment Ordinance.
Other Areas to Visit
Alex Pitcher Room
The Alex Pitcher Room will serve as the primary event space for the new center. This new event space features an amphitheater, projector, and commercial kitchen. Community members can use this space to host a wide variety of events such as birthday parties, wedding receptions and community meetings. Future Southeast Community Facility Commission meetings will also be held here. The artwork in this room is titled “Navigating the Historical Present: Bayview-Hunters Point” by Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle. This piece includes pictures from community members and the Shades of Bayview Archive.
There are several outdoor amenities community members can experience at the new community center. There is the outdoor amphitheater that is located next to the Alex Pitcher room. There is the sports lawn where community members can participate in fitness activities. There are several dining areas throughout the garden pathways that include a barbeque pit and large swinging benches. There is also a natural play area that features a slide, logs, and boulders for children to enjoy. The large sculpture in front of the center is titled “Promissory Notes” by Mildred Howard. This work takes inspiration from Ivory Coast currency—traditionally worn as bracelets or anklets—to memorialize the unsung contributions of the African American community in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood.