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Old and new

One of San Francisco’s oldest houses for sale for $12 million

 

One of the oldest houses in San Francisco and one of the few to survive the 1906 earthquake – which destroyed 80% of the city – is for sale for $12 million (£7.3 million).

 

1032 Broadway is built into Russian Hill
1032 Broadway is built into Russian Hill
It is one of the few buildings that survived the 1906 earthquake
It is one of the few buildings that survived the 1906 earthquake

 

1032 Broadway – also known as the ‘Atkinson-Escher House’ – dates to 1853 and was built by Joseph H. Atkinson as his own home. It appears in early photographs of the city and includes a plaque above the front door that reads:

 

“EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT,
EXCEPT THE LORD KEEP THE CITY, THE WATCHMAN WAKETH IN VAIN, MDCCCLIII”

 

After having been remodeled by the well-known San Franciscan architect Willis Polk – the designer of the city’s Palace of Fine Arts – in 1901, 1032 Broadway was sold by the Atkinson family in 1916. It was badly damaged by fire in 1919 and then bought by the “tugboat king” and billionaire shipping magnate Thomas Crowley (1875 – 1970) in 1946 for his daughter Virginia Crowley Escher (1910 – 1997). In the year of her death it was sold with a guide price of $2.5 million (the equivalent of $3.7 million or £2.3 million by today’s prices).

 

The exterior of the bulding from street level
The exterior of the bulding from street level
There are spectacular views over San Francisco from this terrace
There are spectacular views over San Francisco from this terrace
The house features wooden panelling and impressive fireplaces
The house features wooden panelling and impressive fireplaces
The dining room
The dining room
One of four bedrooms
One of four bedrooms

Situated on a lot of 8,712 square foot at the summit of Russian Hill, “Italianate style” 1032 Broadway now includes 3,890 square foot of internal accommodation. There are 2 reception rooms, a “gourmet kitchen”, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms but the property’s most impressive features are undoubtedly the views it enjoys across San Francisco Bay and the city. A two-car garage complete with elevator access to the house was added to the building in 2000.

 

For sale through Neal Ward of McGuire Real Estate, 1032 Broadway was supposedly visited by everyone from Mark Twain to Bret Harte and Robert Louis Stevenson in its heyday as a literary gathering place. It’s now more likely to become the city pad of one of Silicon Valley’s finest.

 

 

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