Today, I embarked upon a Julia Morgan walking tour of Pacific Heights. (That makes it sound really official, but I just used Google to find addresses, and then I walked from house to house.) After she graduate from Cal, Julia Morgan became the first woman to train at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She returned to California and famously served as the architect for Hearst Castle. But please, don’t judge her based on that
monstrosity work! She built many lovely–and livable–Arts and Crafts bungalows in the Bay Area.
It was a glorious SF day!
My first stop was the Watt House, at 36 Presidio Terrace. (I’m not exactly sure if I was supposed to enter, since it seemed like a gated community, but the guard was on a break!)
Next I walked down to Pacific Ave. The 3200 and 3300 blocks of this street in Presidio Heights have so many shingled Arts and Crafts homes. (There’s an AMAZING Maybeck, but I’ll save that for a later post.) To be honest, the Stull House at 3377 Pacific was one of my least favorites of the day. I found it too austere. (And I hate the landscaping!)
I visited one non residence on my walk: the Katherine Delmar Burke School (now University High School). Oh my goodness! I loved this school! If I’d grown up in SF, I think I would have wanted to go here based on the ambiance alone.
Julia Morgan didn’t design these units; she purchased the two Edwardians and then lopped the top floor off 2229, to allow more light to enter the northern building. Then she lived in 2231, and rented 2229.