Commonwealth Club of California

A nonprofit organization

73 donors

        Bright Ideas are coming to The Embarcadero!
    Join us as we embark on this exciting new chapter
                       in our 114 year history!

The Project:

The Commonwealth Club has served as the nation's oldest and largest public forum for more than 11 decades. In all that time we have never had a home of our own. Our founding members had hoped that one day the Club would have a dedicated place to promote civic dialogue. Similarly, the later Ambassador Shirley Temple Black spearheaded a campaign to find a home for the Club during her time as Club President in 1982. At long last, their dreams are coming true. The Club will have a permanent home of its own on San Francisco's beautiful waterfront. Give today to join us on this historic journey!

Located on San Francisco's historic waterfront, our new building is walking distance from The Ferry Building, surrounded by restaurants, and is served by nearby Bart, Muni, and Ferry Terminals.

Our two new auditoriums will feature acoustical wood paneling that was reclaimed from the historic joists and columns of the original building. The 2nd-floor auditorium will be equipped with a state-of-the-art Constellation Sound System by Meyer Sound.

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Commonwealth Club of California

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Arts & Culture Community


555 Post Street