San Francisco Point of Interest: Residential Compound on Lyon Street
These two houses face each other across a gated and landscaped open space and turn their sides to Lyon Street. The Willis Polk house insousiantly turns its back on prestigious Pacific Avenue.
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 2600 Washington Street by Edgar A. Mathews, 2241 Sacramento Street by Edward E. Young, and Mark Zuckerberg's home above Dolores Park.
Our website attributed both of these houses to Polk until a San Francisco architect contacted us with convincing evidence that 2233 Lyon Street was designed by Bliss & Faville.