Open House Obsession: Bold Brick Presidio Heights House Hints at Modernism, $6.75MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 3800 Clay Street, Presidio Heights
When: Sunday, September 7th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
What: Although it fits well into its neighborhood, this c.1906, 5-bed, 2.5-bath house has some unusual details and massing, and whoever the architect was, he or she was sensitive to new forms coming from Europe at the time. The exterior is clad in custom, lightly glazed flat brick in a deep orange-brown with bold, heavy timbers and a sharp roofline. The main entry is up a flight of stairs and into a loggia with massive brick columns– someone looking at Dutch Expressionist design while building within the classic Bay Area Arts & Crafts context.
There are a number of solidly developed but eclectic ideas here, and typical of the times, the entry hall is wood-paneled, but with expressive Celtic railings–reminiscent of Bernard Maybeck:
But there’s more than a little Julia Morgan in the formal, classical living room where chunky, fluted columns and pilasters are holding up a blank frieze and deep crown moldings:
While the dining room looks almost Eastlake– we love the wide, shallow bay window:
Ancillary spaces that matter– in addition to a huge terrace over the 4-car garage, there’s an enclosed roof-top terrace behind and under the eaves, plus an elegant billiards/media room under the living room:
More: Got to the agent’s dedicated site for more images, information, and a video.