171 San Marcos, San Francisco

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Bert Keane, Vanguard

Our featured home today is across the bridge in San Francisco but it was designed by two UC Berkeley alumni so we don’t feel like we have strayed too far from our stated purpose. Irving and Gertrude Morrow are perhaps the first successful husband and wife architectural practice in the Bay Area, forming their partnership in 1925 after both already had a number of significant projects under their belts individually. While they are best known for their commercial commissions, they undertook a number interesting residential projects as well. This one is particularly compelling because it is an unusual hybrid of Art Moderne and Bay Region styles. Other practitioners working at the same time like Gardner Dailey and William Wurster would incorporate International Style ideals as well to create what we think of today as the Second Bay Region Style, but it is exceedingly rare to see such a pure expression of Bay Region Moderne design.

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3 Responses to 171 San Marcos, San Francisco

  1. emelen says:

    I can’t believe this was built in 1933! Will there be any open houses, do you know?

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