San Francisco Points of Interest
The house as seen in the 1960 movie, Portrait in Black, starring Lana Turner, Anthony Quinn, Sandra Dee, John Saxon, Anna May Wong and many others. At the end of the movie, Anthony Quinn falls to his death on the Baker Street stairs while chasing Sandra Dee out a window and along the rooftop - or a sound-stage rooftop with more elaborate dormers.
Note how unobstructed the view was in 1960 compared to 2019. Although San Francisco has a Tree Dispute Resolution Ordinance (Article 16.1 of the Public Works Code), trees are contentious here.
This beautifully proportioned, exquisitely detailed Dutch Colonial brick house was Walter Bliss' first commission; it was built for his own family. The house not only has white marble trim, but massive concrete foundations and piers set into rock. When one of the towering chimneys toppled in the 1906 earthquake, all of the chimneys were removed a s a precaution.
Source: Here Today: San Francisco's Architectural Heritage by the Junior League of San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 1968