Design lovers and historians alike will find themselves drawn to this time capsule of a home that fuses Victorian, Greek Revival, and Art Nouveau styles on tree-lined Henry Street in Duboce Triangle.
Built in the late 1800s, the Victorian house was updated in 1962 by its then-owner Dale Champion, a longtime environmental writer for the San Francisco Chronicle who died in 2008. Champion worked closely with architect-designers Lanier & Sherrill to preserve its historic features while also adding mid-twentieth century modern flourishes. In addition to seismic retrofitting, the lighting was updated and the residence was painted in a custom 13-color palette that felt just right for the time—it remains as a nod to home's layers of style and design over the decades.
Color and intricate, quirky details abound in the 4,300-square-foot house. Greek Revival design touches ornament the grand exterior and interior door casements of the triple parlor (comprised of the living room, dining room, and a rear parlor); an original Art Nouveau–style stained glass window sparkles in the vestibule; and the fireplace in the front parlor is heavily carved and tiled. Particularly notable are the original 1898 windows trimmed in Douglas fir.
Champion's midcentury additions are best seen in the kitchen where a rare pink O'Keefe and Merritt 40-inch double oven gas range and custom walnut-veneered cabinets feel iconic of the era. The vibe continues into the sunny breakfast room where a high windowed wall and the original Arcadia patio slider opens to a large deck and garden.
Take the fir-and-steel spiral staircase from the rear parlor upstairs to the master suite with its A-frame gable window—an addition by Champion, which is now finished in 24-karat gold leaf. On the third floor, a studio "treehouse" suite was developed by Champion in the 1970s with hardwood floors, a custom wood-burning stove, and redwood board finish. Even the three bathrooms are interesting with vintage fixtures and a clawfoot tub.
Known for his great love of the outdoors, Champion's legacy may best be seen in the home's outside spaces where multiple decks and terraces provide quiet perches for taking in the lush surrounding landscape. Champion even organized the 1965 planting of the large shade trees that still grow on Henry Street today.
Location: 164-166 Henry St. (Duboce Triangle)
Size: 4,287 sq. ft.
Asking price: $3,995,000
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