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San Francisco Landmark 198: Richard E Queen House 8 February 2009
San Francisco Landmark #198
Richard E Queen House
2212 Sacramento Street Between Laguna and Buchanan
Built 1895

The Classical Revival Richard E Queen House is significant as the only intact, surviving residence in San Francisco designed and built by A. Page Brown. Its architecture is grand and gracious, symmetrical and serene, a befitting symbol of this architect's fine residential work.

Brown is most remembered for institutional and business buildings, especially the Ferry Building and Trinity Church, but during the seven years of his career in San Francisco as the favored architect of local society, he produced more designs for residences than for either institutions or businesses. A few residences survive in Oakland, Hillsborough and Santa Barbara, but the intact Richard Queen House and the much altered Lowenthal House at 2226 Sacramento are the only ones left in San Francisco.

Brown's client, Richard Queen, was a rich clubman who wanted a house suitable for big parties.

This house was Brown's last built design. He was injured in a horse-drawn buggy near his Burlingame home when the horse bolted, and he died soon afterwards at the age of thirty-six. Frank Van Trees completed the unfinished design of the Queen House.

The Queen House is adjacent to the Chambers Mansion, San Francisco Landmark 119.

Adapted from San Francisco Planning Commission Resolution 11937 dated 3 May 1990

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