80 | An Ode to the Canessa Building

UPDATE 02.08.16:

We're moving into a new, larger, space in the gallery, and looking for someone to share it with. A gorgeous office space with exposed brick and storage is now available and we'd love for a fellow creative and/or entrepreneur to move in with us! Contact us for more details. 


When I moved to San Francisco in 2010, I immediately fell in love with the Jackson Square neighborhood filled with its rich artistic history, and tucked between North Beach and the Financial District. I regularly shared a glass of wine with a friend at Barrique (now closed), or tried to snag a reservation at Cotogna (reservations still difficult). Most of all, I was intrigued by a building at 708 Montgomery - the Canessa Printing Company - which sits in the shadow of the Transamerica building.

Five years later, I stumbled upon a Craigslist ad for office space in an “artistic community and gallery in Jackson Square” and knew immediately that it had to be Canessa. LOTUS&ASH now calls this building home and I love working in such a dynamic space with such historic and quirky architecture.

Now, thanks to Hoodline, we can all know a bit more about the building’s story, including this photo from the San Francisco Library Archives. 

Though the Black Cat Bar may be gone, there is still lots of good food and drinks to be had in Jackson Square. I encourage you to join me at one of my current neighborhood favorites.

San Francisco's Jackson Square Haunts

Reveille: High octane coffee, beautiful cafe. Do not miss their Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 photo credit:  hoodline

photo credit: hoodline

Trestle: Delicious and oh-so-affordable pre-fixe dinners. Say yes to the Pasta course.

Old Ship Saloon: Complementing your Happy Hour with their fries is never a bad choice.