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What Kind of House is This?

Posted by jordancc (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 5, 09 at 3:39

Built between 1895 and 1907 in San Francisco. Originally wood sided, some idiot stuccoed the front and stripped much of the gingerbread at some point. Ceilings are 11' high, rooms are spacious and square, wainscoting in halls and bath, 10" baseboards, picture rails but no crown molding. dining room is paneled, all millwork is redwood.
It all sounds very Edwardian-ish to me but the fireplaces are squat and simple- seem arts and crafts-ish . . .
Bonus Points! If anyone knows what the symbol on the front means, I'll send you a bottle of good wine!
FIREPLACE (in the midst of being stripped, hence the weird speckled look):
FIREPLACE DETAIL (much easier to see than in fireplace wide shot):


Here is a link that might be useful: Front of house

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RE: What Kind of House is This?

Hi Jordan,
I think the symbol on the front of the house is a combination male and female symbol.

RE: What Kind of House is This?

What kind of house is this? A beautiful house!!! Lucky you.

RE: What Kind of House is This?

The symbol on the front of your home is definately the antique "Send wine to Alaska" symbol, which hails from the age old tradition of sending a bottle of good wine to strangers in Alaska once a year to encourage them to never leave....Shall I provide you with an address so you can continue the tradition? :oP

I love the house...timing wise it's victorian of course, but even though you don't like the stucco change, it was done well. I'm with you on that fireplace, it seems to be a blend of victorian/craftsman....very cool. And is the flooring in your entry? It looks intriquing :)

RE: What Kind of House is This?

What a cool house! That top curve looks Mission to me. Are you sure it was all wood sided? I'm assuming you are, but I have to ask because the stucco really goes with the shape of the house. However, to me, that symbol looks like it was put on later. Depending on when the stucco was put on, it's possible that they took the more Victorian ornament that was there, and put in the more arts and crafts ornament that is there now. It looks almost like a flipped Roycroft symbol. But not quite.

That's my very amateur guess. I'm hoping that I'm close to right so I have a shot at the wine. In fact, I'm so pleased with myself, I may just go ahead and give myself a glass tonight- thanks for the excuse Jordan! Keep us posted with photos.

Here is a link that might be useful: Roycroft

RE: What Kind of House is This?

The stucco reminds me of a mission style Queen Anne (no, seriously) on Green Street around Buchanan in San Francisco.

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