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.

Name Year Address City Sort Address Sort Name
Motor Boat Clubhouse30-38 Beach RoadBelvedereBeach 0030Motor Boat Clubhouse
Farr Cottages80-88 Beach RoadBelvedereBeach 0080Farr Cottages
Belvedere Land Company83 Beach RoadBelvedereBeach 0083Belvedere Land Company
Belvedere City Hall450 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 House19122400 London Ranch RoadGlen EllenLondonWolf House
Residence in Oakland19062004 10th AvenueOakland Avenue 010 2004Residence in Oakland
Residence in Oakland396 HamptonOaklandHampton 0396Residence in Oakland
Maclay House1923600 D StreetPetaluma Street D 0600Maclay House
Residence in Piedmont75 Glen AlpinePiedmontGlen Alpine 0075Residence in Piedmont
Piedmont Community Church450 Highland AvenuePiedmontHighland 0450Piedmont Community Church
Residence in Piedmont235 Mountain WayPiedmontMountain Way 235Residence in Piedmont
Residence in Piedmont284 Mountain WayPiedmontMountain Way 284Residence in Piedmont
Residence in Piedmont76 Seaview AvenuePiedmontSeaview 0076Residence in Piedmont
Piedmont City Hall120 Vista AvenuePiedmontVista 0120Piedmont City Hall
Residence in Piedmont456 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 Street19112659-61 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 Terrace9 & 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 Vallejo StreetSan FranciscoVallejo 2881Residence on Vallejo Street
Residence on Vallejo Street19042891 Vallejo StreetSan FranciscoVallejo 2891Residence on Vallejo Street
Guggenhime House19293450 WashingtonSan FranciscoWashington 3450Guggenhime House
Residence on Washington Street19293699 Washington StreetSan FranciscoWashington 3699Residence on Washington Street
2310 Broadway
Photographed 17 October 2019
2574 Broadway
Photographed 2 July 2012
2714 Broadway
Photographed 2 July 2012
2801 Broadway
Photographed 2 July 2012

For a few years in the 1960s, William Thoreson III owned this house. In an article in the San Francisco Examiner, Paul Drexler described Thoreson as "a man with the face of a movie star and the mind of a serial killer."

Thoreson collected weapons. According to Drexler, when authorities raided this house, they found the largest private arsenal in U.S. history: 37-millimeter cannons, anti-aircraft guns, machine guns, submachine guns, mortars, anti-tank rifles, grenade launchers and 668,000 rounds of ammunition. The FBI estimated that the house contained 70 tons of armaments.

2649 Green Street
Photographed 3 September 2019
2659-2651 Green Street
Photographed 3 September 2019
2570 Jackson Street
Photographed 5 September 2019
2175 Pacific Avenue
Built 1902
Photographed 2 August 2012
2520 Pacific Avenue
Photographed 2 July 2012
2400 Vallejo Street
Photographed 3 September 2019
3699 Washington Street
Built 1929
Photographed 19 September 2019
2737 Vallejo Street
Photographed 3 September 2019
2858 Vallejo Street
Photographed 3 September 2019

San Francisco property records report that this Craftsman house sold for $6.1M in 2014. The house has five bedrooms and an area of three thousand square feet. According to the brokerage listing, this was the first time in a century that the house had been on the market.

2881 Vallejo Street and 2891 Vallejo Street Designed by Albert L. Farr 2881 in the center and 2891 on the right
2881 Vallejo Street and 2891 Vallejo Street
Photographed 3 September 2019

These three Tudoresque (Gothic?) houses would look sweet sitting under a Christmas tree in Weimar, Germany.

I find 2891 to be one of the oddest vintage houses in San Francisco, a Frankenhouse stitched together from a chapel and a brothel.

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