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Remarkable San Francisco Restoration

Before & After ~ Remarkable San Francisco Restoration. The before photo from the 1970s is on the OpenSFHistory.org website. It was taken by writer, researcher, and educator Judith Lynch, who took thousands of color slides of San Francisco architecture in the 1970s. The recent photo was taken a few days ago by Tom Leach, who lives on the street and does amazing restorations himself, although this is not one of his projects. Check out his work at handdrawnsanfrancisco on Instagram.

This lovely house in the Italianate style is located at 3514 21st Street in San Francisco. Its dramatic restoration was done in the 1970s, after having its fa├žade stripped of ornament and “modernized” with a severe stucco treatment in the 1950s or 60s. It is a great example of what can be done with determination and care.

This project, done nearly 50 years ago, was an early restoration of a Victorian era building. Preservationists in San Francisco were leaders in advocating an appreciation for Victorian architecture at a time it was 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 award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book is now available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

We also carry related titles by other authors.

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