Remarkable San Francisco Restoration

Before (left) & After (right) ~ Remarkable San Francisco Restoration. I found these amazing photos from the 1970s on the OpenSFHistory.org website. Writer, researcher, and educator Judith Lynch took thousands of color slides of San Francisco architecture in the 1970s, which are being added to the OpenSFHistory collection.

This lovely house in the Italianate style is located at 3514 21st Street in San Francisco. It’s dramatic restoration after having its facade stripped of ornament and “modernized” with a severe stucco treatment is a great example of what can be done with determination and care. This project more than 40 years ago is an early restoration of a Victorian era building.

Preservationists in San Francisco were leaders in advocating an appreciation for Victorian architecture after decades of it being disparaged by both Modernists and lovers of Colonial era buildings. Advocates of Mid Century Modern are in a similar place today.

“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was written to help people who want to restore a house with sensitivity to its character-defining features – whatever era it comes from.

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is now available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in the shop on this page, Shop – Your Historic House.

It is the perfect gift for the old house lover on your holiday list!

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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