San Francisco Point of Interest: Residential Compound on Washington Street
These two residences exemplify the diversity of architectural styles in Pacific Heights. The Tudor revival house on the left, known as the Gerstle house, was designed by Edgar A. Mathews and built in 1898. We have been unable to determine who designed the classical revival house on the right.
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, 2241 Sacramento Street and Mark Zuckerberg's home above Dolores Park.