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$2,980
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34
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 17 2018

About

L'Intersection 

L’Intersection was created in July 2017 by Aline Dazogbo and Timothy Fadden. Aline Dazogbo was born in Benin, west Africa and raised in 12 countries. She has a background in fashion, a specialization in stage costumes and is a firm advocate of sustainable fashion. Timothy Fadden, from Baltimore has a background in construction and fine woodworking. He currently works in renewable energy installing solar in the San Francisco bay area. "We joined forces because we believe that fostering connections between makers, artists and entrepreneurs will create a network of human capital that will sustain a community of businesses and empower all of our combined successes."

Tim and Aline: "L'Intersection"
Tim and Aline: "L'Intersection"

L'Intersection creates avenues for entrepreneurs to round the corner of their careers. Through providing beautiful space, media content/platform, business consultation and networking we help makers, artists and thinkers build their businesses to the next level and gain exposure reaching a bigger audience.

We provide two unique services to our clients:

-A retail showroom at 101 Pierce St. San Francisco:

 

-A community space, a church: potential work/event space at 240 Page St. San Francisco.

Rendering of the Sanctuary Gallery at 240 Page St.
Rendering of the Sanctuary Gallery at 240 Page St.

101 Pierce showroom: "L'Intersection"

The 101 Pierce St. space, the showroom, is a intimate and well located place for clients to display their products, space to host private retail events all while we create the media content and business connections for them to succeed.

Showroom: Jolie Coquette, The Perfect Cardigan, and OKO Handbags
Showroom: Jolie Coquette, The Perfect Cardigan, and OKO Handbags

 

Showroom: Resa blankets/scarfs, Bali Batik, and Ives Appolinaire Designs
Showroom: Resa blankets/scarfs, Bali Batik, and Ives Appolinaire Designs

240 Page St: "The Sanctuary Gallery"

The 240 Page St. space is a historic, beautiful Church in a central San Francisco location.  It is perfect for providing experience based product displays for our clients whose work is dynamic and live; such as artists/art galleries, musicians, pop-up retail, yoga classes, dance/theatre performances or even gastronomic ventures for local chefs.  When its not in use for our clients it is still available for private rental for weddings, parties, work conferences and film production/screenings.  

What a Beautiful Church!!
What a Beautiful Church!!

 

And a beautiful center piece organ too built in 1907!
And a beautiful center piece organ too built in 1907!

 

And with plenty of beautiful stained glass too!
And with plenty of beautiful stained glass too!

Funding:

L’Intersection has already begun a successful showroom at 101 Pierce St. and makers has been able to start selling their goods and connecting. We are now seeking funding in order to be able to use the 5495 square feet of 240 page street :

We're fundraising for the initial design process, part of the renovation : 

-$5000 for "As-Built" engineering survey.  As-built engineers create a to scale measured draft, usually in 2D, of the existing structure.

-$10,000 for local architect, Claudio Martonffy, in using the "As-Built" survey to design the new life for the church!!  He will put together a "feasibility study" which will account for all available floor plans to be implemented, economic, technological, legal and scheduling factors.

The requests we have for the architect to include in the feasibility study include:

-An open concept, professional quality kitchen in the sanctuary.

-Update space with modern amenities without compromising the historical character of the space like the organ, stained glass windows and capitals on the columns.

-Reuse at least half of the original pews throughout the building.

-Master bedroom and secondary bedroom/office.

-Renovate the old kitchen and bathrooms in the downstairs.

-Artist live/work studios on the ground floor below the sanctuary gallery space.

  

The sanctuary as it is now
The sanctuary as it is now

 

This is how it could be without the pews and carpet
This is how it could be without the pews and carpet

 

We will need to remove 50% of the original 1909 built Church pews
We will need to remove 50% of the original 1909 built Church pews

 

Sustainability, community, empowerment, arts.

L'Intersection wishes to:

1. Renovate 240 Page street space and have it available to rent for artists as a live/work space, as an event and art gallery place in the heart of the city.

2. Create a consistency of weekly, monthly and annual events gathering the community around local and global talents.

3. Expand our event rental realty to be a truly global network for makers, artists, entrepreneurs, digital nomads around the world.

Our five year goal is to be an recognized institution in the city of San Francisco by the art and small business community. We aim to be more than an event venue but rather a community creator; turning a community church space into a community growth place.

Because:

What’s good for the community is whats good for the world, and its whats good for the bottom line.

Its through this tenacity, talent to build beautiful places out of empty spaces and community partnership locally and globally that L’Intersection will succeed in becoming an institution within the San Francisco art, music, and entrepreneur community.

In the continuous effort to give credit to the artists and the makers L'Intersection would like to thank Ives Appolinaire Pede, a Benin born and raised textile artist currently living in the village of Abomey.

Ives Appolinaire Pede in front of one of his unique tapestries
Ives Appolinaire Pede in front of one of his unique tapestries

We have been truly inspired by his own live/work gallery, a community space gathering locals and visitors around art, history and culture. Thanks to his art and mixed uses home, Ives Appolinaire has been able to empower 10 women, teaching them the textile stories of Benin and beautiful patchwork techniques. 

Aline with the Friendship Curtain
Aline with the Friendship Curtain

 

 

Tim surrounded by Ives' handmade pillows
Tim surrounded by Ives' handmade pillows

 

Thank you / Merci.

We'd like to especially thank the Dazogbo and Fadden Families.

Thank you as well to Ives Appolinaire Pede and his cooperative atelier.

We'd also like to the thank the Greater Grace Temple Church for giving L'Intersection the opportunity to give new life to the Church.  We are extremely grateful for this opportunity. 

Thanks for joining our adventure! 

 

 REWARDS FOR YOUR PLEDGE:

L'Intersection has teamed up with Ives Appolinaire Pede to collaborate a special collection of pillow cases, tapestries, and friendship curtains just for the 240 Page St. project.

$25 or more reward = Ives Pillow Case.
$25 or more reward = Ives Pillow Case.

 

$125 or more = Large Wall Tapestry like the one behind Aline's beautiful Maman
$125 or more = Large Wall Tapestry like the one behind Aline's beautiful Maman

 

$200 or more = Amitié/Friendship Curtain
$200 or more = Amitié/Friendship Curtain

In addition to the collaboration with Ives, Aline is giving new life to the pews we have set as rewards. 

 

The Pews will be given away as rewards: Aline will customize the pews with her collection of Benin fabrics
The Pews will be given away as rewards: Aline will customize the pews with her collection of Benin fabrics

 

She's using her home country's fabric designs and her fashion talents to dress the pews in new African prints. Tim will use his woodworking skills to deconstruct the pews and ensure the benches are structurally sound after so many years in the church. The floor of the sanctuary is gently sloping towards the pulpit, so Tim will be leveling the pews for use on standard floors in their new home!

Risks and challenges

This risk and challenges is that this project is bigger than us and has a lot of people involved and relying on our success. We are mitigated the risk by involving talented professionals who understand the construction needs, the event space market and city rules and regulations for permits.

Another aspect of the the project that is a challenge to our renovation is that we are working in a historical building. We cannot change the facade of the building but we can change interior aspects and need to make sure all plans don't affect the historical integrity of the building.

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    Thank you!

    Thank you so much for participating in this project ! We'd like to send you a digital post card from San Francisco and we will keep you updated for when the Sanctuary Gallery will be open.
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    Future Private Rental

    For our largest reward, backers will receive the keys to the remodeled Sanctuary Gallery loft for the day/evening. Throw a party, host an event, or have a relaxing night stay in the newly remodeled sanctuary suite! Host up to 300 people or have a sleep over with a few friends!

    In addition to the rental, we'd also like you to have an Ives Friendship Curtain, because you deserve it for being our friend!!

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