The legendary Pier 24 Photography in SF is to close permanently

Pier 24 Photography, the expansive museum that displays the collection of its founder, Andy Pillara, announced Friday that it will close when its lease with the Port of San Francisco expires in July 2025.

The Pilara Foundation, which constructed the abandoned pier near Bay Bridge and opened as a quiet haven for the photographic arts in 2010, will shift its focus to organizations in the fields of healthcare research, the arts and education, Pilara said in a statement. Bellara indicated that the closure was precipitated by a Long battle over lease extension.

“After struggling for five years to secure a new lease with the San Francisco Port Commission and their final decision to triple our rent, it certainly informed our decision to close,” Pilara said in a statement. “Instead of operating with a much higher annual budget, we believe local organizations can put the money to better use.”

Port Director Elaine Forbes said in a statement that the agency has had a “successful partnership with the Pilara Foundation over the years,” and that if the foundation chooses to let their lease expire, “we will be sorry to see them go and hope they continue to find ways to share their unique and inspiring collection with the public.”

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