Local Design SF: Public Works Art & Events Venue


Host to live music, art shows, corporate events, and the SF Underground Market, Public Works fills a void in an area of the Mission district once sparsely inhabitable for social event space.

I’ve been frequenting Public Works, when my schedule allows, since it’s opening party in September of last year. A few weeks later I asked Tyrone Tramner and manager Jeff Whitmore for a look into the design ideas behind Public Works. Started and designed by the main shareholders and former owners of the San Francisco venue Mighty, the motive of Public Works was to offer a community space reflective of the real needs and desires of the surrounding creative commonwealth. Public Works provides artists no-cost studio space and residencies as well as a gallery for rotating art shows and a portion of the earnings go to non-profit organizations in the area. 

The first night out at the space I was blown away by the multiple projections, light show, and a sound system impressive to most audiophiles. During the day, the converted warehouse boasts an unapologetic display of construction infrastructure and industrial materials. The sprung hardwood floors, exposed conduit, plywood and strand board amount to a lo-fi design suited for high entertainment.

Both downstairs and upstairs bars were created from industrial building supply and composite wood products

An enviable sound system set up with Funktion One speakers, event night aftermath

This weekend, the space plays hosts to the SF Underground Market on Saturday, from 11am-midnight. 

Public Works is located at 161 Erie St., San Francisco.

Photos: Architectural Black

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