Alamo Square Mansion History

//Update: January 11, 2011, 3:00pm// The original content of this post has been removed at the request of the listing agent.

Alamo Square, while perhaps not quite a storybook neighborhood, is certainly a quintessential San Francisco neighborhood. The area bounded by Golden Gate Avenue, Divisadero, Webster Street and Fell Street is formally designated as the Alamo Square Historic District. If you are thinking of an iconic San Francisco mansion, you are probably thinking of something in Alamo Square. The mansion in the title credits of “Full House” sits directly off of Alamo Square park, and was listed last year by a Zephyr agent. It was originally listed for sale at a price of $3,999,999 and when it was withdrawn the asking price was $2,950,000. No word on if it will be back this year, but it wouldn’t be a mansion if there weren’t people from across the globe out front taking pictures and asking if you knew John Stamos or Bob Saget, right?

Iconic Victorian Mansions, San Francisco, Alamo Square

The iconic picture of classic San Francisco Victorians with high-rises in the background is also from Alamo Square. In fact, the mansion that I mentioned was for sale above – 722 Steiner – is a part of what is locally known as postcard row, although it isn’t visible in the above image.

Another famous mansion in Alamo Square is the Archbishop’s mansion, which is located at 1000 Fulton St. and now serves as a bed and breakfast. If you can’t afford an Alamo Square mansion all for yourself, at least you can visit and stay in a famous one! Built in 1904 for Archbishop Riordan, it served as his home for many years and the mansion was a very visible sign of the prominent role played by the Catholic Church in San Francisco at that time. The Archbishop’s mansion is officially recognized as San Francisco landmark #151.

Westerfield House at 1198 Fulton St. Image from Wikimedia

The Westerfield house, too modest to officially call itself a mansion, is also on Alamo Square park, and is landmark #89000197 on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion was originally built in 1889 for San Francisco banker and candy baron William Westerfeld (what an awesome combo). Since then, the mansion has seen quite a lot of interesting uses, and has not been for sale since 1986 when it was purchased and substantially restored and renovated as a residence by a private individual.

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