I’d Love an Edwardian Loft (NOT)!

Some lofts are beautiful. Conversion lofts, for example, offer some incredibly beautiful living spaces in San Francisco. Unfortunately, there were only so many abandoned warehouses that could be converted, so once developers ran out of historic buildings to convert, they got busy in the 1990’s and early 2000’s building some rather horrendous loft buildings.

Feeling Like an Edwardian... Loft?

Take the loft building pictured above (address not given out on request) which appears to be… an Edwardian loft!

Without wading too deep into the architectural arguments about what makes a Victorian a Victorian, an Edwardian an Ewardian, and so on and so-forth, let’s just roll with the following guide (from SF planning):

Period — Edwardian (1901-1910). Frequently, historic resources in San Francisco are referred to as “Edwardian,” in design and appearance. The term “Edwardian” was created to describe architecture produced in Great Britain and its colonies from 1901 to 1910, with the reign of Edward VII. Edwardian architecture encompasses a number of styles, with five main strands identified: Gothic Revival, Arts and Crafts, Neo-Georgian, Baroque Revival and the Beaux-Arts style. Interpreted in the United States and in San Francisco, the term “Edwardian” is often associated with multi-unit flats or apartment buildings constructed at the beginning of the 20th century.

And why do I object to this… Edwardian Loft?

  • Sorry, but I don’t think lofts were meant to have dentil mouldings.
  • While I’ll allow a bay window is acceptable in a loft, the slanted style of these bay windows just seems sad and half-hearted. While they work in an Italianate victorian, they don’t translate to a loft.
  • The decorative horizontal strips of wood between the window bays are… ugly.
  • Stucco, people, stucco!

So here’s my rather obvious advice: If you want an Edwardian, but an Edwardian. If you want a loft, buy a loft. But there is no such thing as the “best of both worlds” that combines an Edwardian with a loft.


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