846 25th Avenue
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*2,858 Square Feet of Luxury Living Space: 4 Beds, 2 Master Suites, Sun Room, Family Room, Big Garage, Huge Level Backyard. High end Finishes on THREE LEVELS. Enjoy it for yourself. Stop by and take a look Today! *Sf per graphic artist.
Architectural Description and Historical Background
846 25th Avenue Real Estate Description
In 1923, almost the entire eastern block face of 25th Avenue, between Cabrillo and Fulton streets, was developed by the Feerick brothers. Having immigrated from Ireland to work in the building trades, as so many of their countrymen did, Bryan A. and Patrick J. Feerick participated in the 1920s building boom that covered the sand dunes of the Richmond District with houses. While Patrick was responsible for building a couple of the residential flats at the north end of the block, Bryan designed and constructed a number of the single-family homes surrounding and including 846 25th Avenue. Both brothers incorporated a similar facade organization into all their buildings, but set each house apart with architectural detail. Once it was completed, this house was purchased by Joseph E. and Mae Noonan. Mr. Noonan was the secretary-treasurer of Shreve, Treat, & Eacret, purveyors of jewelry, pearls, diamonds, watches, silverware, stationary, and leather goods in downtown San Francisco (related through partner George Shreve to the famed San Francisco jewelry store, Shreve & Co.) The Noonans lived in the house for many years, into the 1960s.
As the Feerick Brothers' houses march down the block, number 846 echoes the facade organization of its neighbors, contributing to a harmonious pattern. It has a recessed basement-level garage with a paneled wood door and a tradesman's entrance on the side wall. This door allowed plumbers, gardeners, or live-in servants to access the house without traipsing through the front door and living areas. Above the garage, a two-story angled bay window rises to the roofline. Horizontal beltcourses instill visual order by defining each story level, while the entire facade is crowned by a prominent cornice adorned with an egg-and-dart molding and scrolled modillions. On the right side of the facade, terrazzo stairs rise from the sidewalk to the first story. The stairs pass under an archway with rounded upper corners and a cast-plaster hood molding that is adorned with a guilloche pattern, shields, and ornate corbels. The visitor is welcomed into the house by the original wood entry door inset with an arched beveled glass window.
The formal reception space of the foyer features wood floors with inlaid borders, low wood dado panels bracketed by molded baseboards and chair rails, wide wood trim and molded hoods around doorways, and a recessed ceiling. The main stairs ascend directly ahead, while glazed French doors flank the space. To the right is the formal parlor, which is fronted by the bay window that looks out on the street. This formal gathering space continues the elegant wood floors, dado panels, trim, and recessed ceiling, while incorporating molded picture rails on two walls and a monumental fireplace at one end. The fireplace surround is crafted of blonde brick and chiseled stone and is flanked by glass fronted cabinets to hold a fireside library or other collections.
Passing back through the foyer, the mirrored set of French doors leads into the dining room. The long rectangular space has wood floors with inlaid borders, molded picture rails, and a recessed ceiling. A sense of airiness is provided by a window to the backyard and the opening of one entire wall into the kitchen. Here, wood-like ceramic flooring, clean-lined cabinetry, granite counter tops, and a striking tile backsplash create a modern overlay to the vintage space, which still exhibits a paneled wood door leading to the foyer and a recessed ceiling. Both a hall off the kitchen and an additional set of French doors off the dining room access a refrigerator and pantry nook and an adjacent breakfast room, which provides a more intimate dining space. The breakfast room is illuminated by a window to the backyard and has wood floor, molded picture rails, and a recessed ceiling, like the dining room.
Back in the foyer, the central stair rises to the second floor. It is bordered by low dado panels and features staunch square newel posts, molded handrails, and a finely crafted banister consisting of thin pickets and wide-flat splat pieces with pierced ogee-shaped openings. At the top of the stairs, bedrooms lie just off the landing. To the right, the front bedroom suite is flooded by light from the bay window on the front wall and recessed lighting incorporated into the crown moldings. Closets with modern frosted glass doors are located along the right wall, while a door on the left wall leads into an en suite bath with large dimension tile floor and wainscot, modern fixtures, an ample shower stall, and a frosted window for natural light.
A closet and another bathroom lie off the stair landing. The bath also features a window, modern fixtures, and stylish tilework, including a mosaic wall panel within the tub/shower stall. This bathroom serves two bedrooms located at the rear of the house. These rooms are comfortably appointed with baseboards, molded picture rails, and wide trim around windows and doors, as well as closets with frosted glass doors. At the rear of both rooms, doors access a shared sun room. Projecting from the east side of the house, and having ample windows looking out over the backyard, this room provides a quite retreat warmed by morning sunshine.
From the foyer, the stairs also descend to the basement. This flight of wood winder stairs are less formal in their finishes, indicating that they access what were once the utilitarian areas of the house; the garage and perhaps servant's quarters. Now, however, the ground floor living space – consisting of a generously sized living room and bedroom - has been nicely finished with wood flooring, molded baseboards and trim, and recessed lighting. A bathroom is located off the living room and has similar finishes as those on the main floors, while a glazed door with sidelight and transom provides access to the backyard. The bedroom features a closet and windows to the back yard.
Outside, the long narrow yard features a patio of concrete pavers, where outdoor entertaining would be optimal, and has a circuitous brick bordered walkway that extends into the surrounding planters for leisurely strolls and easy gardening.