My young client purchased a 1931 Spanish Eclectic Style home in the Marina District of San Francisco. The building had all the charming features of the architectural style and period but unfortunately, in 1962, a dreadfully out of proportion third level was added following the latest style of the day. My client loved the house and its location close to the Marina Green, views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Coit Tower. Still, a modern style home was what she preferred.
Although the house was not a designated historical building, the existing period style of the neighborhood had to be preserved to gain approval from the City of San Francisco. My client agreed to an exterior that kept the neighborhood period style but requested a more contemporary interior.
I added a turret to the second floor, a new stairway shaft to the third floor and dressed up the third floor 1962 addition with Moorish Style windows and doors, corner windows flank by columns, clay roof tile and custom metal balconies and rails. At the ground entry level, I added a garden courtyard with decorative wall and floor tiles and a custom designed metal fence, gates and stair rails.
The interior is a dance between period architecture and contemporary materials and details with enough edge to tilt the scale towards the contemporary and give my young client the modern environment she wished for.