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Goslinsky House (page 1 of 2)

Exterior view of a Shingle Style house by one of San Francisco's most celebrated architects. Photo by Howard J. Partridge.

Front (North) Elevation
Samuel Goslinsky House in San Francisco, California

Bernard Maybeck was the architect of this 1909 rowhouse on a steep hillside lot.  Besides his magnificent Beaux Arts style Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Maybeck is probably best known for his peculiar mixture of Gothic detailing and Arts and Crafts philosophy.  The latter may be seen to some extent in this eclectic, shingled, Arts and Crafts house.  The corner windows and exotic looking drainpipe are particularly noteworthy (for a more detailed view, see the next page), as is the exaggerated, broken cornice that sets off the high pitched roof.  The house is said to feature a rather dramatic and original floor plan, which would have been very characteristic of Maybeck's work.  The front door originally stood around the corner on the west wall (beside the driveway alcove) at the top of a short flight of exterior stairs.  The addition of a garage some time after the house was built prompted a total reworking of the entrance sequence.  Maybeck's involvement in the remodeling project remains uncertain.  Mr. Goslinsky was a partner in a leaf tobacco business, according to old city directories.  Photograph taken in 1999 by Howard J. Partridge.
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