This house is the modernization of a classic San Francisco Victorian. Built in 1907, it had long dark hallways, tall narrow rooms and worn but beautifully detailed finishes. Our challenge was to maximize natural light and make it livable for a young family.
The design solution is to dismantle the small dark rooms without losing historic details. Large openings framed by detailed trim are introduced to connect the kitchen, dining room and living room. The entry hall is dissolved and replaced by an iconic steel column recalling a past era. The result: a modern home thriving in a historic house.
Photography: Dennis Bettencourt