March 6, 2012
Clearing The Way For Postcard Row 2.0
As a tipster captured last week, the demo of the non-historic addition behind the mansion at 940 Grove Street has begun in order to clear the way for the three new houses to rise at 802-808 Steiner, down the street from San Francisco's historic Postcard Row.
As the block recently looked before:
And yes, the three new house will have views.
∙ Whiter Than The Colgate Mansion (But Not As "Improved"): 940 Grove [SocketSite]
∙ Rendering Scoop: Proposed For 802-808 Steiner Below Postcard Row [SocketSite]
∙ The Designs For Three New Houses Below SF's Historic Postcard Row [SocketSite]
∙ A Future Postcard Row: Three Houses That Don’t Yet Exist [SocketSite]
First Published: March 6, 2012 10:30 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Nice. Soon enough tourists will be able to use the full spectrum of their camera lenses, even do some neat panoramas instead of the closely cropped frame of today's postcards.
Posted by: lol at March 6, 2012 1:17 PM
Great! I walk up to Alamo Square frequently during lunch breaks and always found those units to be an absolute eyesore. I do wish they could build in the style of the other units and not with the contemporary look envisioned in the pictures, but what is planned is an improvement over what was there.
Posted by: GOLSF at March 6, 2012 2:23 PM
The new "Victorians" look like soulless replicas on the regal Painted Ladies
Posted by: DataDude at March 7, 2012 7:58 AM
@DataDude, they are actually prototypes for a new hotel in Vegas called "Friscoland".
Posted by: kg at March 7, 2012 9:13 AM
Wow. The SF victoria style was nothing other than an imitation of English stucco buldings built around the 19th century (go to Pimlico) which were themselves scaled-down city versions of country mansions with neo-classical touches (around Regent's Park, for instance) which were themselves lifted off the 18th century monumental neo-classical style, etc, etc...
Were you guys born in the 19th century you'd have found these wonderful victorians vulgar, ostentatious and unoriginal (they were almost the norm everywhere among the American provincial wannabe bourgeoisie). People want open space, views, comfort. They can afford it while accommodating the will to keep a visual unity. It's all for the best. We are very lucky something is actually built!
Posted by: lol at March 7, 2012 9:43 AM
Couldn't they trompe l'oiel a lot more to get that visual unity. What they got now looks half- to 3/4- assed. Doesn't matter what the heritage of the style really is if it's what today's public nostalgia demands.
Posted by: Tripp Knightly at March 7, 2012 11:05 PM