A few weeks ago I paid a visit to Baylor Chapman, at her gorgeous floral studio Lila B. Design. While I’ve written about her shop before (you can read it here), this time I’m writing about the building across the street. Yep, it’s the giant green one which you can see out of her storefront window.
The building is called The Allied Box Factory, and Baylor just so happens to live there. It’s one of the great old timber buildings of San Francisco, that’s been converted into an artists live-work space. Originally built in 1907 as the Allied Box & Excelsior Factory (the company is still active today in a different location) it was converted into this artist complex in 1999, smack dab in the middle of the city.
Can you imagine? Living in this super cool building? Walking across the street to go to work? Yes, Baylor leads a charmed life.
Not only is the building old and beautiful, but once you walk through the gates it’s paradise.
Remember in the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy’s house finally landed from inside the whirling tornado? When she opened the door and everything was in color? Well, that’s what happens when you walk through the gate of the Box Factory.
After running across a very hectic Folsom street (trying not to get run over by the whizzing traffic) you open the door and this is what you see….
Paradise! This has got to be the most beautiful shared courtyard garden I’ve ever seen. Twice a year the tenants tend the garden during ‘Garden Days’, where they all get together and clean, prune, plant, fertilize, BBQ, eat, drink and chat. In addition, one of the residents, Mill Nash from Clean Air Lawn Care, also helps with the garden when necessary. This is what you call a group effort and it’s paying off big-time!
My favorite part of the garden are the paths that meander through tall plantings, giving the effect of a much larger space as well as a sense of mystery.
And surrounding this seating area is a vibrant garden filled with lush plantings with artistic touches throughout. See for yourself!
This subtle marker lies in the middle of the garden.
Thank you Jillen, for creating such a magical space.