The History of the Paint Factory

This short film about our headquarters, narrated by Roger Payne and Lisa Harrow, explains the historic significance of these buildings and the reasons they must be saved.

Originally purchased with a grant from the Annenberg Foundation, we’ve spent years and over a million dollars cleaning up toxic pollution on the site (we probably have another half a million to go), we have documented the site with half a dozen different studies, everything from the foundations to the air quality, and we’ve worked through a succession of different plans as to how the new interior might look and work while maintaining the exterior façade. Two wooden buildings had to be taken down because they were falling into the sea and we hope to raise the funds to replace much of what was lost. One brick building is completely finished and occupied and once again people to go to work on a daily basis at the Paint Manufactory.

This year we plan to take these buildings from just offices to an oceanographic research and education center. To do that we need to install a lab (in this case, a robotics lab) and floating docks. We are very excited to be taking this facility to the next step. The reality is we can only do it with your support. Please consider making a contribution to our website or come down and see what we’re doing and what we plan to do. Thanks to all of those who have gotten us to this point.

After thirty years of neglect and decay we have turned the tide and breathed life into this historic icon.Paint Factory Sunset - Photo by Bob Wallace