National Register of Historic Places in San Francisco

Liberty-Hill Historic District in San Francisco
4 February 2004
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National Register #83001230
Liberty Street Historic District
15-188 Liberty Street
Built 1867-1911

Liberty Street is on the eastern edge of the San Miguel Rancho which was patented by José de Jesús Noé in 1845. The Old San Jose Road from Mission Dolores ran near the first block of Liberty Street. In 1854 Noé sold the Rancho to John M. Horner, who platted Horner's Addition and sold it by the block. Horner's 1863 map shows just one structure in the district.

The Liberty Street Historic District contains fifty-one residences of historic significance on the two blocks of Liberty Street between Valencia Street and Guerrero Street. This quiet enclave is a capsule history of middle-class housing in San Francisco between 1867 and 1911. It contains medium-sized examples of every style prevalent during that period: early Italianate, San Francisco standard Italianate, San Francisco Stick, Stick-Eastlake, Queen Anne and vernacular Classical Revival. Such a range of intact houses in a small area is unusual.

Although each house has a unique design, only thirteen were designed by known architects. Twelve were designed by carpenter-builders or contractors. None of San Francisco's most prominent architects designed a residence here.

The original owner-residents were middle class: two foremen, three attorneys, several small manufacturers, several skilled operatives and some government functionaries, the partners in a box factory, two U.S. Mint employees, two gilders, two brothers, four men involved in sailing and two in carriage making. The three large Italianate houses were long occupied respectively by a judge, a commission merchant and a box factory owner.

After 1911, a few more flats in later styles were constructed in the district. The first apartment was built in 1925. The 1930s saw only adverse remodeling. Since then only apartments have been built.

Also see the San Francisco Liberty-Hill Historic District.


Name Year Address Remarks Sort Address Sort Name
Kershaw House1871845 Guerrero StreetEarly ItalianateGuerrero 845Kershaw House
Mary E. Rottanzi House1902850-852 Guerrero StreetVernacular Classical Revival.Guerrero 850Mary E. Rottanzi House
Daniel W. Parkhurst House188915-17 Liberty StreetStick-EastlakeLiberty 015Daniel W. Parkhurst House
Joseph Schoder House187719-21 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 019Joseph Schoder House
Siamese Twin House187920-26 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 020Siamese Twin House
John Kane House187723-25 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 023John Kane House
George B. Clifford189427-29 Liberty StreetQueen AnneLiberty 027George B. Clifford
Julius Krafft House189231-33 Liberty StreetQueen AnneLiberty 031Julius Krafft House
Antonio Diaz Pena House187835-37 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 035Antonio Diaz Pena House
Barnett Cottage188840-46 Liberty StreetStick-EastlakLiberty 040Barnett Cottage
Marshall Doane House186345 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 045Marshall Doane House
Marshall Doane Rental House187049 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 049Marshall Doane Rental House
Barnett Cottage188850 Liberty StreetSee 40-46 Liberty StreetLiberty 050Barnett Cottage
David T. Bagley House187658 Liberty StreetItalianate house now divided into unitsLiberty 058David T. Bagley House
Louis Knutsen House189553-55 Liberty StreetQueen AnneLiberty 063Louis Knutsen House
Caleb S. Hobbs House187270 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 070Caleb S. Hobbs House
Edward Y. Bolles House190873-75 Liberty StreetVernacular Classical RevivalLiberty 073Edward Y. Bolles House
Thomas H. Griffiths House187676 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 076Thomas H. Griffiths House
Robert H. Wheeler House187277-79 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 077Robert H. Wheeler House
Eugene McCoy House191080-82 Liberty StreetVernacular Classical RevivalLiberty 080Eugene McCoy House
Thomas McMahon House1865109 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 109Thomas McMahon House
Joseph Hutchinson House1886110 Liberty StreetStick Style cottageLiberty 110Joseph Hutchinson House
Thomas McMahon House1871111-115 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 111Thomas McMahon House
Augustus Kress House1884112 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 112Augustus Kress House
Bishop House1870114 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 114Bishop House
Oscar F. Fincke House1896117-119 Liberty StreetQueen Anne/Classsical RevivalLiberty 117Oscar F. Fincke House
1892120 Liberty StreetQueen AnneLiberty 120
1893121 Liberty StreetQueen AnneLiberty 121
William J. Pattosien House1895123 Liberty StreetQueen AnneLiberty 123William J. Pattosien House
Patrick Broderick House1871156 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 156Patrick Broderick House
Judge Daniel J. Murphy House1878159 Liberty StreetItalianateLiberty 159Judge Daniel J. Murphy House
Hamilton Family House1910164-166 Liberty StreetVernacular Classical RevivalLiberty 164Hamilton Family House
Patrick H. Farley House1871168-170 Liberty StreetVernacular Classical and Mission RevivalLiberty 168Patrick H. Farley House
Mrs. Lincock House1885174-176 Liberty StreetStick-EastlakeLiberty 174Mrs. Lincock House
Charles P. Bigelow House1871180 Liberty StreetItalainateLiberty 180Charles P. Bigelow House
Robert McLellan House1885182 Liberty StreetStick StyleLiberty 182Robert McLellan House
Thomas V. O'Brien House1883186-188 Liberty StreetStick StyleLiberty 186Thomas V. O'Brien House
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