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Grand Scale Inner Parkside Edwardian Home
Welcome to this Remodeled, Four Bedroom, Three Bathroom Single Family Home Featuring Beautiful Two Story Edwardian Architecture with Ocean Views, Two Car Parking, Big Garage, Serene Back Yard, and Located in Prime Inner Parkside.
- 4 Bedrooms (Including Master Suite w/Ocean Views)
- 3 Full Bathrooms
- 1984 Square Feet (Per Graphic Artist)
- Full Driveway and Big Garage.
- Beautiful Back Yard with Mature Trees
- Bonus Room on Lower Level.
2202 17th Avenue: House History
Although downtown San Francisco was well established by the 1910s; having been built up, demolished by earthquake, and rebuilt again; the fringes of the city remained rural and undeveloped. On the southern edge of the Sunset District, the landscape was dominated by shifting sand dunes rather than the countless blocks of houses present today. In 1915, very few people lived so far from the city's core, but a few entrepreneurial citizens aspired to change that and began a trend of speculative development that would shape much of San Francisco's western neighborhoods.
Edward R. Hayden and his wife, Bessie, lived on 10th Avenue in the Richmond District, but saw potential in the land farther south. They built two of the earliest homes in the area of 17th Avenue and Rivera Street. Edward Hayden dealt in real estate, loans, and insurance, so construction of the house at 2202 17th Avenue was a business undertaking. He and Bessie bought two lots on 17th Avenue and hired architect Arthur G. Scholz to design a house. Scholz was noted to be “one of the busiest architects in San Francisco” by a 1918 issue of Architect & Engineer magazine, which referred to a number of apartment houses he was designing. For the Haydens, he designed a single house which was described by Building & Industrial News to be a two-story and basement, wood frame dwelling, costing $3,000. The construction notice went on to state that:
“The dwelling will be erected on the east side of 17th Avenue, south of Rivera, and will contain seven rooms and a bath. Interiors will be finished in pine and redwood with some white enamel. Hardwood floors will be used in the principal rooms. Plans provide for open fireplaces and tile or brick mantels. Tile wainscot will be used in the bathroom. There will be an automatic water heater. The exterior of the dwelling will be covered with cement plaster on metal lath.”
Although this design was for the house at 2202 17th Avenue, the Haydens went on to use the same plans to build a duplicate house on the lot to the south (now 2204 17th Ave.); notably without the involvement of the architect. Similarities can be seen in the plans of the two houses when viewed from the air, and although their facades vary in design and have been altered further in succeeding years, they have a similar organization. Together, the houses are markedly different than the ubiquitous Mediterranean Revival style houses that filled out the neighborhood in the 1920s and 1930s.
The Haydens sold their newly built houses on 17th Avenue shortly after they were constructed. The earliest owners of 2202 17th Avenue are unknown, but by the mid-1920s, Robert W. and Helen Cheetham were the owners. Robert worked as a Post Office clerk and Helen worked as a clerk at City Hall. They had a young daughter, Dulce, who lived in the house with them. Dulce married and had a baby by the age of 17, which appears to have prompted the expanded family to relocate to the North Beach neighborhood.
The next owners of the house were Robert G. and Florence Moore, who lived there with their twin daughters, Nancy and Marcia. Robert Moore worked as an insurance and credit inspector. Subsequent owners included Sylvester Evans, who worked for the State Division of Highways, and his wife, Pauline, who lived in the house from the early 1950s to the early 1970s; and Jackson F. K. Chang, who lived there in the late 1970s and early 80s. He was the proprietor of the Jackson Chang Company, an “oriental goods” shop on Grant Avenue in Chinatown.
The house at 2202 17th Avenue demonstrates the Edwardian style, which was popular for residential buildings throughout San Francisco during the 1900s and 1910s. The style is expressed in the house's restrained Classical ornamentation applied to a flat, vertical, rectangular facade typical of early-twentieth century urban houses. Sitting above a raised basement level, the stucco-clad house has an integral garage. The small opening is indicative of the size and relatively rarity of private automobiles in 1915; one modest Model T would have been the family's only car, but they would have needed it to travel the long roads to downtown.
To the left of the garage, a substantial entrance stair with curved and coped cheek walls rises to the front entrance, where the curvilinear shoulders of the entrance arch echo the shapes of the cheek walls. A keystone tops the arch, which opens into a shallow vestibule housing a front door flanked by sidelights. The right side of the first story features an organized set of three windows with bracketed sills. These brackets carry through in the intermediate cornice that then divides the first and second stories.
The second story is articulated with a flat section on the left and a shallow projecting bay on the right. The window on the left is surrounded by unusual trim that forms a flat-topped shouldered arch, which again reflects the curved entry arch and stair cheek walls found below. In turn, the projecting bay reflects the first story windows, having a three-part organization and bracketed sill.
The facade is crowned by a prominent entablature that expresses Italianate overtones. Although an earlier style, the Italianate aesthetic was Classical in derivation and was often carried over into the decorative elements of the succeeding Edwardian style. The entablature features a molded architrave, flat frieze, deep scroll-cut brackets, and a molded projecting cornice. It, too, references the bracketed sills and intermediate cornice lower on the facade, creating a sense of balance, composition, and Classical dignity; all valued in the Edwardian look.
Located in the southwest portion of San Francisco, Parkside offers homes with some of the most remarkable views of downtown SF. Sometimes referred to as part of the Sunset, this area boasts a somewhat suburban feel on streets like Escolta Way, with individual homes and small, though charming, front yards. In its center, adjacent to well-regarded Abraham Lincoln High School, the unique Sunset Reservoir spans eight square blocks, and is something of a surprise in San Francisco's urban environment. In line with California's green energy pursuit, the areas will soon boast California's largest solar voltaic collection system. To the east, Inner Parkside is a picturesque gathering of gorgeously manicured homes. For great boutique shopping, the nearby West Portal neighborhood makes a superb offering, and features a multitude of delightful cafes and restaurants. To the west, Outer Parkside highlights a selection of Henry Doelger developed homes, from the 30s and 40s. They are generally one-story over a garage, many of which have been reconfigured as in-law units. The Parkside neighborhoods offer an engaging mix of families, retirees and students from SF State.
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