Grand Modern House Across From San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square, $13MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 935-937 North Point Street, San Francisco
What: A handsome, 2-unit house now on the market after undergoing a full renovation– a renovation that looks back to Paris in the 1920s. Created with the close involvement of the owner, the open, loft-like environment has a uniquely 1920s Parisian vibe, looking directly at the iconic c.1916 French Renaissance Revival factory/warehouse complex we know today as Ghirardelli Square.
Below, the main living space, big enough for a 16-foot kitchen island, seating areas, plus a wine room– all opening to a huge sunny terrace.
What We Love: Although the marketing material doesn’t make a specific connection, there’s the unmistakeable influence of Robert Mallet-Stevens (1885-1945) a haut-bourgeois French architect whose Rationalist style was more severe and less decorative than the contemporaneous Art Deco. Before moving on to a career in film production and set design, he produced a number of luxury apartment houses and very grand villas for an aristocratic, avant-garde clientele.
In 1927, at a multi-unit building (above) he did for for his own family and the sculptors Joel and Jan Martel, Mallet-Stevens created a layered, blocky composition in white stucco with minimal ornamentation, signature black steel windows, and an early form of color blocking with yellow shutters and bold red glass tiles. Perhaps looking back at the work of the Martel brothers, the owner of the North Point home placed a monumental c.1961 relief by George Nocito in the entry.
In addition to the 4-bed, 4-bath upper unit, the lower level unit is an equally loft-like 1-bed, 1-bath space adjacent to this immaculate garage. With not one, but two Tesla chargeing stations.
More: Go to the listing for further details and additional images of this exceptional property, represented by Butch Haze at Compass.