Before & After: A Car Shop in San Francisco Is Reborn as an Artist’s Loft, Gallery, and Studio

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By Lydia Lee
SOMA Residence by Dumican Mosey Architects showcases a wide array of art, including, most notably, a Fiat mounted upside down from the ceiling.

The auto repair garage in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood was dark, rundown, and pungent with grease. But back in 2011, when Klari Reis and Michael Isard first saw the voluminous space, they were focused on its potential for combining life and work. Klari, an internationally exhibited painter, was moving in with Michael, a tech researcher, and the plan was to incorporate her studio as well as an art gallery into their new home.

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