Oct 12, 2022 7 min read

Get Outside With This Guide To All Of Ingleside’s Murals

Retaining wall mural
The mural 1 AM Projects put on the retaining wall at Ocean and Geneva avenues highlights the neighborhood's landmark buildings. Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

Learn about the artists and inspiration behind all of the neighborhood's murals.

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Ingleside has many murals, mostly along and around Ocean Avenue, that intertwine with the neighborhood's culture, history and small businesses. A handful were even created by Ingleside-based artists such as Neil Ballard and Eli Lippert with others crafted by Bay Area mural specialist 1AM Projects.

The Ingleside Light's pulled together a living guide to all of the neighborhood's hand-painted murals. It's perfect for using on your next stroll.

Starting from Ocean Avenue and Howth Street, let’s journey west to see all the creativity that the community has to offer. Let's begin.

Retaining wall mural
The Department of Public Works retaining wall is partially covered by a Welcome to Ocean Avenue mural. Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

1. Welcome To Ocean Avenue

Ocean and Geneva avenues | Artist: 1AM Projects

The retaining wall on Geneva Avenue that leads down towards Ocean Avenue displays a vibrant blue base color with bold 3D yellow gradient lettering. It also depicts several historic landmarks throughout the corridor like the former El Rey Theater and Beep’s Burgers. It was created in 2016 by 1AM Projects.

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Fire Station 15 facade mural. Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

2. Fire Station 15 Now and Then

1000 Ocean Ave. | Artist: Andy Silvestri

Located on San Francisco Fire Department’s Station 15, this mural embodies the history of San Francisco firefighters. Horse drawn carriages and firefighters going into action at a grocery store span across the front of the building. It was painted in 1999 by Andy Silvestri, the son of a retired firefighter, according to a news reports.

It was also a part of a beautification effort for the neighborhood. It was touched up about five to 10 years ago to make it politically correct, according to a firefighter at the station.

Substation mural
Ingleside Wildflowers on a small PG&E substation. Ingleside Light file photo

3. Ingleside Wildflowers

1100 Block of Ocean Avenue | Artist: 1AM Projects

This mural has a historical back story. It was created in 2021 by 1AM and was one year in the making due to permission grants from PG&E and the SFCA. It was also funded from the OAA with part of the grant they received from the District Seven Participatory Budgeting program

It shows a mellow green field filled with little blue wildflowers that once encompassed the area and provides an open door into how Ingleside used to be. The inspiration came from a 1900s postcard.

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Amos Goldbaum's Ocean Avenue North & South line mural. Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

4. Ocean Avenue North & South

1315 Ocean Ave. | Artist: Amos Goldbaum

The exterior of Auto 280 displays crisp purple line work against a white backdrop that shows the different aspects that shape the neighborhood. Aspects like the MUNI light rail system and the city’s rolling hills filled with clusters of housing can be seen within this mural. It was commissioned by the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development' SF Shines program and was completed by Amos Goldbaum in 2021.

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Eli Lippert's mural harks back to the days of prohibition. Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

5. Ocean Ale House

1314 Ocean Ave. | Artist: Eli Lippert

This neighborhood bar is a two for one when it comes to murals. Both were painted by Eli Lippert, a local artist. The first one that Lippert created was inside the establishment in 2016 and depicts scenic ocean views and pelicans across the right wall. The second is just outside in the seating areas parklet that was created during the COVID-19 pandemic. It displays the words “Love Always Wins” in ocean inspired lettering.

The mural may not be long for this world since Ocean Ale House will tear down the wall when it expands into the next door storefront.

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Ingleside Presbyterian Church's Great Cloud of Witnesses collage mural in the community center's gymnasium. Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

6. The Great Cloud of Witnesses

1345 Ocean Ave. | Artist: Rev. Roland Gordon

The Ingleside Preysbterian Church holds a history-enriched hidden gem past its pure white facade. Wrapped around nearly the entire inside is one giant on-going photo collage of church members and their families, historical figures, celebrities, quotes and other motivational images.

Rev. Roland Gordon started his project in 1980 and has been the only person adding to it, according to church member Vickie Lewis. It was originally implemented in the church’s gym by Reverend G with the goal of inspiring kids with positive influences. It, then, started spreading to other parts of the church including its bathrooms. The only places that his collage can’t be found are in the kitchen and sanctuary.

It features several hand painted murals by Susan Cervantes, Selma Brown, Ron Goodman and assisted by Marta Ayala and Patricia Rose.

Storefront roll-up door mural
Ingleside Pride mural on a storefront roll-up door. Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

7. Ingleside Pride

1507 Ocean Ave. | Artist: 1AM Projects

This storefront rollup encompasses an everlasting message of “Ingleside Pride” for the neighborhood to stay positive and united. It is painted in silver and lime screen in a cursive graffiti style with a dark blue background and twinkle shapes. It was created in 2020 by 1AM and was inspired by Harvey Milk’s congratulatory speech in 1977 after being elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Utility box mural
Neil Ballard's Native Plants of California mural on a utility box. Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

8. Native Plants of California

Capitol and Ocean avenues | Artist: Neil Ballard

This graffiti-prone utility box was transformed by local artist Neil Ballard in 2020. It prominently features multiple plants and flowers that are native to California as if it were a page from a botanist’s journal.

Garage door mural
Neil Ballard's Natural World mural on Faxon Garage. Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

9. The Natural World

545 Faxon Ave. | Artists: Neil Ballard and Eli Lippert

Three panels of scenic nature are displayed on the roll-up doors of Faxon Garage. It was created by Neil Ballard with help from Eli Lippert in 2021. Ballard said that this project was inspired by master comics artist Moëbis and uses a fixed-width linework style called “ligne claire.”

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The Lights of OMI Mural resides on a PG&E substation. Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

10. The Lights of OMI

Ocean Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard | Artist: Michael Manente

Painted by Michael Manente in 2000, the Lights of OMI is one of the neighborhood’s oldest and largest murals. It was commissioned by Oceanview-Merced Heights-Ingleside Business League and touched up in 2020 by Yano Rivera of Precita Eyes for its twentieth anniversary.

It depicts the people and landmarks that helped shape OMI’s history over the years. It contains portraits from a range of San Francisco officials, neighborhood leaders and structures such as the Ingleside Sundial and the City College campus.

Coming Soon

Diego Rivera's Pan American Unity: Artist Diego Rivera's priceless Pan American Unity fresco has been a must-see feature of City College of San Francisco's Ocean Campus for decades. The huge artwork is currently on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It can be viewed for free. It will be installed in the college's forthcoming Rivera Theater complex.

This article was published in October 2022. Did we miss something? Please let us know.

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