May 18, 2016

2622 Jackson St, Pacific Heights

Landmarked 11,450 square foot, 7 bedroom 6 bath Willis Polk designed Italian Renaissance style view mansion built in 1895. Last sold for $13.3 million in 2013.

When it was built the Gibbs Mansion was declared by the San Francisco Examiner to be 'the first classical residence in San Francisco'. The round entrance portico is reminiscent of a Tuscan villa. The exterior is gray Oregon sandstone and the home features a Gladding McBean glazed tile roof. Sadly, George Gibbs died only two months after moving into it, but his widow Augusta continued to occupy it until her death in 1918. It later became the Japanese Consulate until the outbreak of World War II. It then served as headquarters for the local chapter of the Red Cross until the late 1940's when it was purchased by the San Francisco Music and Arts Institute.

In 1993, it was sold to designer Agnes Bourne who made it available to University High School as their 1994 Decorator Showcase house. In 1995 it was bought by filmmaker Chris Columbus for $11.5 million. In 2013 Columbus sold to an LLC for $13.3 million ($305K over asking).

Hidden behind the house to the northwest, closer to Pacific than to Jackson, is a little-known two-story structure originally built as a caretaker's residence for the main house. Now subdivided from the original parcel and separately owned, it was also designed by Polk and is included in the Landmark case report as an unusual support structure for such a house in the area (Encyclopedia of San Francisco).

Interior Photos HERE or HERE

2622 Jackson round portico
2622 Jackson St as noted in Fables and Gables