Edgar A. Mathews (1860-1946)

3196 Washington Street Designed by Edgar A. Mathews 3196 Washington Street
3196 Washington Street Designed by Edgar A. Mathews 3196 Washington Street
5 September 2019
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Edgar Mathews was born in Oakland where he graduated from the Van Der Naillen School of Engineering in 1888.

In 1895, after working for his father, he opened his own architectural office in Oakland. Soon after, he moved to San Francisco.

Mathews designed many San Francisco houses and apartments, particularly in Pacific Heights. Like Willis Polk and Ernest Coxhead, he was influenced by the English Arts and Crafts Movement.

Mathews favored half-timbered houses with high-pitched roofs in the English Tudor style. He clad his apartment buildings in unpainted redwood shingles. A residential building designed by Mathews typically has curved window sashes, a brick entryway, an overhanging porch, and a low wall around the lot.

Name Year Address City Sort Address Sort Name
Residence on Broadway19012350 BroadwaySan FranciscoBroadway 2350Residence on Broadway
Residence on Broderick Street19042249-2253 Broderick StreetSan FranciscoBroderick 2249Residence on Broderick Street
First Church of Christ Scientist19121710 Franklin StreetSan FranciscoFranklin 1710First Church of Christ Scientist
Mathews House II19351956 Great HighwaySan FranciscoGreat HighwayMathews House II
Residence on Green Street18952508 Green StreetSan FranciscoGreen 2508Residence on Green Street
Residence on Green Street18952510 Green StreetSan FranciscoGreen 2510Residence on Green Street
Residence on Jackson Street19042915-2519 Jackson StreetSan FranciscoJackson 2915Residence on Jackson Street
Residence on Pacific Avenue19032523 Pacific AvenueSan FranciscoPacific 2523Residence on Pacific Avenue
Residence on Pierce Street18972415 Pierce StreetSan FranciscoPierce 2415Residence on Pierce Street
Irvine House18972421 Pierce StreetSan FranciscoPierce 2421Irvine House
Residence on Vallejo Street19042190 Vallejo StreetSan FranciscoVallejo 2190Residence on Vallejo Street
Mathews House I19082980 Vallejo StreetSan FranciscoVallejo 2980Mathews House I
Gerstle House18982360 Washington StreetSan FranciscoWashington 2360Gerstle House
Residence on Washington Street19052870-78 Washington Street and 2300-2304 Divisadero StreetSan FranciscoWashington 2870Residence on Washington Street
Residence on Washington Street19053196 Washington Street and 2100 Lyon StreetSan FranciscoWashington 3196Residence on Washington Street
2350 Broadway
Built 1901
Photographed 17 October 2019

Because the facade is hidden by olive trees, we photographed the building at an angle.

2915-2919 Jackson Street
Built 1904
Photographed 21 January 2020
2523 Pacific Avenue
Built 1903
Photographed 2 July 2012
2190 Vallejo Street in San Francisco by Edgar A. Mathews Front Elevation on Vallejo Street
2190 Vallejo Street in San Francisco by Edgar A. Mathews Side Elevation on Webster Street
2190 Vallejo Street in San Francisco by Edgar A. Mathews Side Elevation on Webster Street
2190 Vallejo Street
Built 1904
Photographed 3 September 2019
2360 Washington Street Designed by Edgar A. Mathews 2360 Washington Street is on the left
2360 Washington Street Designed by Edgar A. Mathews 2360 Washington Street is on the left
2360 Washington Street
Photographed 5 September 2019

These two residences exemplify the diversity of architectural styles in Pacific Heights.

Both houses turn their sides to the street to face each other.

Although this configuration is not typical in San Francisco, it is not uncommon in older residential neighborhoods where homes were designed by architects for affluent clients. Other examples are 2233 and 2255 Lyon Street by Willis Polk, 2241 Sacramento Street by Edward E. Young, and Mark Zuckerberg's home above Dolores Park.

2870-2878 Washington Street
Photographed 5 September 2019

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