Daily Archives: August 28, 2009

mid-century san francisco time capsule

1959 was a good year.  A good year for the color turquoise, apparently.  Here is a 1959 4-unit apartment building up behind a single family house on a lot in San Francisco that have both sat virtually empty for over 20 years.   Big remodel to follow.

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It’s been a trip back in time because the apartments are partially furnished!  Crazy.  The 5 kitchens are pretty amazing, all matching original appliances, and the cabinets are in very good shape too.  We have to do work that would require moving them out, so they can’t stay.  The appliances are likely huge wastes of energy – and we don’t know if they work.  But I appreciate their mid-century splendor, and don’t want to just trash them – so we’re hearing from people who want to come and take them away.   I might just take an old bulbous refrigerator myself for future use as, a cabinet?

kitchen1kitchen2kitchen3As equally mid-century fabulous as these kitchens are, each of the 5 bathrooms is an exercise in *pink* – tile and fixtures intact, albeit a bit gross.

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I really dig these old colors and shapes, it’s exciting to find something like this so vintage.  Thus we think it’s the right thing to hand off the pieces for reuse. As seen below, while most of the furniture has nice lines, it’s garage sale quality – or less..  The cushions are rock-hard and petrified.

livingrmStay tuned for the remodel..

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victorian remodel rock and roll

…continued.  The roof has been refinished.  No less than 3 layers of old warped shingles scraped off and down the chute!  I was tempted to see how the view from the roof is, but not liking the prospect of eating the sidewalk, I opted out.

roofersPainting has also begun on the exterior.  We drove around here in San Francisco for inspiration in terms of color palette.  There seemed to be no limit to how many colors we could use being that there are several layers of trim.  We chose (4) colors, and gold as a 5th for minimal accent such as the Medusas, of course!  Here’s a preview:

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We chose colors from this Benjamin Moore palette:

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Inside, rocking has begun, with layers and layers of mud being put on – lots of that stuff being tracked back to my office!  Here is the 4th floor before with heavy, dark painted beams.  And big old track lighting..  We chose to engineer the remodel with minimal metal tie-rods as seen below:

old beamstie rodsObviously we have a lot of finish work to go – we’re at least a month out!  New flooring, trim, lighting, paint, doors… Below are a few old plaster ceiling medallions awaiting reuse.

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