July 27, 2017

1232 Chestnut St, Russian Hill

2,357 square foot Colonial inspired Queen Anne Victorian duplex with views, built in 1904. The 1,491 square foot bi-level pent unit last sold for $1.5 million in 2004. Currently valued at about $2 million.

My question is how did this house survive the 1906 quake (i.e. is the build date correct?). I found the photo below which shows several houses that survived on Broadway and Vallejo Streets between Jones and Taylor. Among the survivors is the Atkinson-Escher House.

The photo obviously doesn't prove anything other than the fact that some Russian Hill homes did, in fact, survive the devastation.

The contrast of death and survival, separated a few feet apart....One side of a steep Russian Hill street lies in ruins in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. The other side, like the outlier in a Midwestern tornado, remains remarkably intact.

The research continues....

Vallejo St Crest, with Broadway in the middle sloping down between Jones and Taylor.

Hand drawn fire map with shaded areas showing devastation (source)

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