san francisco 1890s victorian

The story of a major remodel.  According to Sanborn Insurance Maps this corner building was built sometime between 1891 and 1899.  It’s listed on the California State Historic Register.  It represents a pattern of residential living over corner store found throughout San Francisco.   Maintaining about 90% of the exterior and the unit split of (2) apartments over the commercial space, we decided to modify almost all of the interior.  This for several reasons, one being to add insulation where there had been none previously; to revise the awkward interior room layout; to revise window and door positions.  We salvaged most of the interior trim and all of the exterior trim as we weren’t permitted to modify the street facades.  New, insulated windows match originals per city requirements.  It’s been several months among heaps of old plaster & lath, exposed redwood framing that hadn’t seen the light of day in 100+ years, rummaging through the deep corners of this hulking building…

north facade view before construction

It has retained a pretty good level of – what seems to be – original detail, escaping any violent stripping or hack jobs in its lifetime.  Can’t say the same for that classy storefront – soon to be changed!  Here is a creepy Medusa medallion, one seen on each of the bay gables:

medusa

The top floor was likely not an original 1890s living space, or if so had been completely ‘updated’ in the 1970s (?) by the looks of things including a chunky corner fireplace:

fireplace

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