March 28, 2016

1564 36th Ave, Central Sunset, The Rousseau Series

1564 36th Ave
2,125 square foot 2 bedroom 1 bath Tudor Revival style Rousseau designed home built in 1932. Last sold for $650K in 2001. Current estimates value the property at $1.54 million ($727 per sq ft). Depicted in the newspaper ad below.

1564 36th Ave
Above:Construction along 36th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton Streets. Left 1564 36th Avenue (SF Chronicle 1932). Rousseaus' Boulevard Tract is the largest grouping of homes in the Picturesque Period Revival Historic District. This two block development also represents the largest and most ambitious collection of houses in the Sunset District developed by the Marian Realty Company, which was headed by prominent architects Oliver and Arthur Rousseau. The cohesive tract's architectural expression is exceptional. It was designed with extraordinary attention to architectural detail, displays high artistic value and invokes what was then described as picturesque Old World charm.

Drawing from a range of Period Revival styles, the Rousseaus designed highly stylized and individualized facades that are unified by materials, setback, massing, and form. buildings were designed in the following styles: Mediterranean Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival with Storybook-influenced rubble accents, and French Provincial.

Further Reading
District Architectural Gems Rise From Fog (SFGate)

Planning Department's Survey Looks into Central Sunset Housing Tracts (Curbed San Francisco)

San Francisco’s Sunset District Experiences an Architectural Renaissance (California Home + Design)

Sunset Blvd under construction looking south at Kirkham 1931