Albert L. Farr (1871-1947)

Guggenhime House by Albert L. Farr Guggenheim House at 3450 Washington Street
Often attributed to Willis Polk

According to Curbed San Francisco, the Guggenheim House sold for $18M on 14 February 2014, the highest price paid for a San Francisco residence that year.

15 June 2012
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Albert Farr's commissions ranged from cottages in Belvedere to Tudor mansions in Piedmont. His influences included Arts and Crafts, First Bay Tradition, and the popular period revival styles: Medieval, Renaissance, Mediterranean, French, Spanish Colonial, American Colonial.

Farr was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but he grew up in Yokohama, Japan. His family moved to Oakland when he was nineteen. In Oakland, he apprenticed to a British architect.

During the 1890s, Farr was employed by Clinton Day and the Reid Brothers. By the late 1890s, he had his own wealthy clients.

He took on a partner in 1922 and named their firm Farr & Ward.

Four of Farr's buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Wolf House is also California Historical Landmark 743.

You can spend nights in Farr buildings at the Benbow Inn and L'Auberge Carmel.

View Farr's buildings in chronological order here, or use a link in the following table to visit a specific property.

Name Year Address City Sort Address Sort Name
Motor Boat Clubhouse (remodel)193530-38 Beach RoadBelvedereBeach 0030Motor Boat Clubhouse (remodel)
Farr Cottages189880-88 Beach RoadBelvedereBeach 0080Farr Cottages
Belvedere Land Company190583 Beach RoadBelvedereBeach 0083Belvedere Land Company
Belvedere City Hall1900450 San Rafael AvenueBelvedereSan Rafael 0450Belvedere City Hall
Phillipshurst-Riverwood 192310580 Highway 9Ben LomondHighway 9Phillipshurst-Riverwood
L'Auberge Carmel1929Monte Verde at SeventhCarmel-by-the-SeaMonte VerdeL'Auberge Carmel
Benbow Inn1925445 Lake Benbow DriveGarbervilleLake BenbowBenbow Inn
Wolf House19132400 London Ranch RoadGlen EllenLondonWolf House
Residence in Oakland19062004 10th AvenueOakland Avenue 010 2004Residence in Oakland
Residence in Piedmont1928395 HamptonPiedmontHampton 0395Residence in Piedmont
Maclay House1923600 D StreetPetaluma Street D 0600Maclay House
Residence in Piedmont192675 Glen Alpine RoadPiedmontGlen Alpine 0075Residence in Piedmont
Piedmont Community Church1916450 Highland AvenuePiedmontHighland 0450Piedmont Community Church
Residence in Piedmont1912235 Mountain AvenuePiedmontMountain Way 235Residence in Piedmont
Residence in Piedmont1914235 Mountain AvenuePiedmontMountain Way 284Residence in Piedmont
Residence in Piedmont192276 Seaview AvenuePiedmontSeaview 0076Residence in Piedmont
Piedmont City Hall1910120 Vista AvenuePiedmontVista 0120Piedmont City Hall
Residence in Piedmont1918456 Wildwood AvenuePiedmontWildwood 0456Residence in Piedmont
Aetna Springs Resort19301600 Aetna Springs RoadPope ValleyAetnaAetna Springs Resort
Residence on Broadway19272310 BroadwaySan FranciscoBroadway 2310Residence on Broadway
Residence on Broadway19322574 BroadwaySan FranciscoBroadway 2574Residence on Broadway
Residence on Broadway19002714 BroadwaySan FranciscoBroadway 2714Residence on Broadway
Residence on Broadway19022801 BroadwaySan FranciscoBroadway 2801Residence on Broadway
Residence on Divisadero Street19002714 DivisaderoSan FranciscoDivisadero 2714Residence on Divisadero Street
Residence on Filbert Street19362699 FilbertSan FranciscoFilbert 2699Residence on Filbert Street
Residence on Green Street19162649 GreenSan FranciscoGreen 2649Residence on Green Street
Residence on Green Street19112659-2661 GreenSan FranciscoGreen 2659Residence on Green Street
Residence on Jackson Street19232570 Jackson StreetSan FranciscoJackson 2570Residence on Jackson Street
Residence on Lake Street1911653 Lake StreetSan FranciscoLake 0653Residence on Lake Street
Residence on McLaren Avenue193460 McLaren AvenueSan FranciscoMcLaren 0060Residence on McLaren Avenue
Residence on Pacific Avenue19022175-81 PacificSan FranciscoPacific 2175Residence on Pacific Avenue
Residence on Pacific Avenue19302520 PacificSan FranciscoPacific 2520Residence on Pacific Avenue
Residence on Pacific Avenue19072950 PacificSan FranciscoPacific 2950Residence on Pacific Avenue
Residence on Pierce Street19412350 PierceSan FranciscoPierce 2550Residence on Pierce Street
Residences on Presidio Terrace19289 & 37 Presidio TerraceSan FranciscoPresidio Terrace 0009Residences on Presidio Terrace
Babcock House19012660 ScottSan FranciscoScott 2660Babcock House
Residence on Sea Cliff Avenue1938455 Sea Cliff AvenueSan FranciscoSea CliffResidence on Sea Cliff Avenue
Residence on Steiner Street19032310 Steiner StreetSan FranciscoSteiner 2310Residence on Steiner Street
Residence on Vallejo Street19052400 Vallejo StreetSan FranciscoVallejo 2400Residence on Vallejo Street
Residence on Vallejo Street19022419 Vallejo StreetSan FranciscoVallejo 2419Residence on Vallejo Street
Residence on Vallejo Street19022737 Vallejo StreetSan FranciscoVallejo 2737Residence on Vallejo Street
Residence on Vallejo Street19012858 Vallejo StreetSan FranciscoVallejo 2858Residence on Vallejo Street
Residence on Vallejo Street19042881 and 2891Vallejo StreetSan FranciscoVallejo 2881Residence on Vallejo Street
Guggenhime House19293450 WashingtonSan FranciscoWashington 3450Guggenhime House
Residence on Washington Street19293699 Washington StreetSan FranciscoWashington 3699Residence on Washington Street
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