March 31, 2016

1298 Sacramento St, Nob Hill Chambord Apartments

The Chambord Today
A taste of Paris at the crest of Nob Hill. The Chambord, a Beaux Arts style apartment building, was designed in 1921 by self-taught architect James Francis Dunn who died before its completion. The elegantly appointed apartments include oval dining rooms and hidden storage. A basement kitchen once provided meals for tenants. The Chambord was used as a location for the classic 1950 film-noir, D.O.A. By 1960 the Chambord had lost all of its exterior detailing in a modernization attempt. In the 1970s the Chambord was slated to be demolished but a huge public effort saved the building by registering it as a San Francisco Historical Landmark as well as listing it in the National Register of Historic Places.

In the early '80s the Chambord was restored. San Francisco Architect Cathy Simon used Dunn's original scheme, and emulated detailing from other Dunn buildings, to produce a Chambord that was as spectacular as the original. The apartments are small but exquisite with oval living rooms, balconies, and fine woodwork. The building has 11 apartments in 11,330 square feet. Last sold for $2,740,000 in 1993.

A stripped Chambord 1975-76

San Francisco Architectural Survey 1975-76

Buildings by Dunn
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*2250 Vallejo St Pacific Heights

*2411 Webster St Pacific Heights

*860 Geary St The Tenderloin

*1347 McAllister Alamo Square

*405 Baker NOPA

*91 Central Ave Ashbury Heights