Tour a Penthouse with a Pedigree

Gallery in the Sky

In 1926, when the Romanesque building on the northwest corner of Pacific Avenue and Laguna Street was designed and built, its prospectus touted a “wonderful unobstructed marine view” and promised “the maximum in sun, light and air” for each residence.

Although nearly a century has passed and this 5,180-square-foot penthouse has been expertly updated for modernity, a bright, ethereal quality is still paramount; views continue to impress; and an air of bygone elegance endures. One of only four Pre-War penthouses of such grand scale remaining in San Francisco, it represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to own a piece of the city’s distinctively artful history.

Elise Haas—a grandniece of Levi Strauss—purchased the home with her husband Walter in 1949. Prominent philanthropists and art collectors, the Haases enlisted celebrated interior designer Frances Adler Elkins to optimize the home for their significant art collection, much of which was later bequeathed to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In the 1990s, esteemed designer Agnes Bourne spearheaded a tasteful modernization for new owners, widening hallways and opening the public spaces, further capitalizing on the views and increasing the airy, gallery-like qualities to suit a new collection.

Each of the 11 rooms benefits from the home’s unrivaled view, which sweeps from the Golden Gate Bridge to the East Bay hills—with the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, and the Nob Hill skyline in between.

The public spaces span a full 60 feet, with two living areas and a formal dining room designed to facilitate the grandest of festivities.

Other highlights include a spacious eat-in kitchen, a media room, five restful bedrooms, and an office.

Two gas fireplaces contribute a welcoming warmth, and lighting remains expertly designed and positioned.

Throughout, a subtle palette harmonizes with the unrivaled views and allows art to take center stage.

Designed by the prominent and prolific architect Samuel Lightner Hyman, the building itself boasts its original decorative frieze, a striking tile-capped roofline, and stately Palladian windows. Amenities include doorman service, parking for two cars, and two large, secure storage rooms. Much as it was in the day of the building’s construction, the location is exclusive and fashionable, walking distance from Lafayette Park and the shops and restaurants of Fillmore Street.

Offered at: $10,950,000
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