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Presidio Terrace

San Francisco’s own Presidio Terrace is truly a historical showcase of notable San Francisco architects of the highest significance, and the homes, primarily built from 1889-1911, exhibit some of the earliest and most thoughtful suburban development in the country. The cul-de-sac layout in an oval formation with oversized lots follows a residential planning concept that was new around the turn of the century and resulted in this neighborhood, within a garden setting in a gated community, on the southern slope of Presidio Heights. Presidio Terrace is also adjacent to the Presidio Reservation, itself a 1200 acre national park, with hiking and biking trails, the Presidio Golf Course and JuliusKahn Playground nearby, and vistas of the Golden Gate.

The architectural styles include Beaux-Arts, Colonial and Mission Revival, Prairie School, French Rural, Italian Renaissance, Elizabethan and Mediterranean.  An amazing collection made more significant by the importance of the architects who designed the structures in combination with city leaders who lived in them. Some of the earliest residents included Hartland and Herbert Law, Marshall Hale, Elizabeth Watt, Fernando Nelson, and Francis Keesling, the more recent former occupants were US Senator Dianne Feinstein, US Representative Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Joseph Alioto.

The Terrace developers were banker and Swiss native Antoine Borel together with realtors A.S. Baldwin and J.R.Howell whose successes also included Rancho San Miguel (Twin Peaks), St. Francis Wood and many others. Contractor Moses Fisher built ten of the homes in this enclave, having purchased seven of the lots himself.

 

Address

Architect

Style

Year Built

1 Presidio Terrace

Newsom & Newsom

Jacobean Revival

1929

2 Presidio Terrace

Frank Van Tees

Anglo Italianate

1905

3 Presidio Terrace

McDonald & Applegarth

Elizabethan Revival

1908

4 Presidio Terrace

McDonald & Applegarth

Prairie School

1911

5 Presidio Terrace

McDonald & Applegarth

Craftsman

1908

6 Presidio Terrace

Henry C. Smith

Mission Revival

1911

9 Presidio Terrace

Albert Farr

Mediterranean

1927

10 Presidio Terrace

Charles Whittlesey

Prairie School

1909

11 Presidio Terrace

Charles Whittlesey

Prairie School

1909

12 Presidio Terrace

A. Lacy Worswick

Craftsman

1909

13 Presidio Terrace

Samuel Lightner Hyman

Mediterranean

1922

14 Presidio Terrace

Samuel Heiman

Mediterranean

1921

15 Presidio Terrace

Havens & Toepke

Colonial Revival

1905

16 Presidio Terrace

Bakewell & Brown

Colonial Revival

1910

17 Presidio Terrace

Ward & Bolles

CA Contemporary

1951

Andrew Skurman

rebuilt 2010

18 Presidio Terrace

Bliss & Faville

Colonial Revival

1909

19 Presidio Terrace

Charles Whittlesey

Pueblo Revival

1909

20 Presidio Terrace

Lewis Hobart

French Rural

1909

21 Presidio Terrace

T. Patterson Ross

Mission Revival

1910

22 Presidio Terrace

Edward Young

Beaux-Arts

1907

23 Presidio Terrace

Julius Krafft

Colonial Revival

1910

24 Presidio Terrace

Charles Whittlesey

Prairie School

1909

25 Presidio Terrace

Charles Whittlesey

Prairie School

1909

26 Presidio Terrace

Reid Brothers

Colonial Revival

1909

27 Presidio Terrace

McDonald & Applegarth

Prairie School

1909

28 Presidio Terrace

Charles Whittlesey

Prairie School

1909

30 Presidio Terrace

McDonald & Applegarth

Elizabethan Revival

1909

31 Presidio Terrace

Frederick Nickerson

Colonial Revival

1909

32 Presidio Terrace

Charles Whittlesey

Prairie School

1909

34 Presidio Terrace

McDonald & Applegarth

Beaux-Arts

1909

35 Presidio Terrace

Eugene Martin

Beaux-Arts

1916

36 Presidio Terrace

Julia Morgan

Beaux-Arts

1911

37 Presidio Terrace

Ward & Farr

Beaux-Arts

1927

38 Presidio Terrace

George Schasty

Beaux-Arts

1911

40 Presidio Terrace

Lewis Hobart

Mediterranean

1919