Mid-Century Modern Gem In Clarendon Heights, $3.75MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Tucked below the Sutro Tower and above Cole Valley, San Francisco’s Clarendon Heights neighborhood possesses some of the most spectacular views in town. Developed primarily after WWII, it’s a trove of Mid-century architecture, a collection of substantial free-standing homes open to the views designed by notable Bay Area architects like Warren Callister and William Wurster.
Jules and Sally Heumann built this home in 1965, designed by the firm of Marquis + Stoller to take full advantage of the property’s panoramic (and un-blockable) views extending from the Pacific Ocean to the East Bay.
Deeply sensitive to design, Heumann was the principal designer and co-owner of the Metropolitan Furniture Company. Founded by his grandfather in 1906 in San Francisco, the firm produced high quality modern furniture and prospered in the Post WWII boom, remaining a family business until it was sold to Steelcase in the 1980s. Equally important was Heumann’s leadership role over four decades in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one of the world’s most important vintage automobile shows. Heumann lived in the multi-level home until his death in 2017 and had been clever and foresighted enough to have the architects include an elevator in the original plans; his passion for design shows up in the superbly simple redwood millwork throughout.
The kitchen and dining room open to a walled courtyard; am immaculately crafted redwood paneled wall in the dining room conceals a bar and the elevator.
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