Ambitious Plans to Move This Historic Victorian Half a Mile AwayJune 19, 2017
As we first reported a little earlier today, plans to redevelop the Bryant Mortuary at 635 Fulton Street are in the works, plans which include moving the mortuary to the eastern edge of its Hayes Valley site in order to make way for the historic Victorian at 807 Franklin Street, which currently sits a half mile away, to be moved to the western portion of the Fulton Street site.
And once the historic Victorian is moved?
Well, as plugged-in people should know, plans to build an 8-story building with 51 apartments on the northern half of the 807 Franklin Street lot were in the works as well. And if the southern half of the lot is cleared, it could potentially double the size of its development.
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.
Comments from Plugged-In Readers
Whoever is orchestrating this move deserves the bundles of money they are going to make on developing both parcels. Bravo!
I’ve often passed this Victorian and felt sad for it, stuck on it’s own in between a gas station and an ugly apartment building on a heavily trafficked street. Bravo to the creativity involved in this development.
Great project! Looking forward to seeing both historic structures in one place!
Whoa…common sense prevailing in SF??
“Posted by ncydr 4 years ago: The victorian (and the tenant) is most certainly a hold out and out of character with the (sic) neigbborhood. Perhaps, relocation of both the building (and the tenant) is most logical”
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The moving is not the issue. Many old homes in SF have been moved. It’s the proposal to convert what by some accounts is an original interior into another series of white interiors. Shame.
I was going to ask for a reference on your speculation, but perhaps this?
Anyway, has there been any detail on the subdivision plans? Certainly a stripping down is possible – one might even argue probable, based on precedent(s) – but is it inevitable? I can’t imagine preserving large single use spaces (like a ballroom) intact, but perhaps some of the smaller rooms or ornament.
I base my thinking on precedent mostly, but also the fact that engineering multiple units and a new floor on an old home like this will be much easier without having to worry about interior details. Plus it can be far more expensive to preserve than to simply start from scratch. Sometimes it’s necessary, sometimes it turns out alright, but bit by bit the history of this city is being hollowed out.
I agree, great idea to move to location where more similar structures reside AND to build build build up that vacant lot with lotsa housing. Nice!
I want to watch when the house is slid onto a huge 24 wheeler on that steep part of Franklin. I’ll bring a sandwich and some drinks…
This house was actually a wreck a few years back and has already undergone a lot of repair/renovation on its original lot. Previously it wasn’t green but black and much of even that black exterior paint had peeled off. I’ve never been inside and will tke SocketSite’s word for the intact interiors but it’s hard to believe they weren’t pretty deteriorated too.
Don’t take our word for it, as we’ve never made any such claims. And keep in mind that its historical rating as a class “A” resource is based on the condition of its exterior.
Is there a local a 501c3 organization that is willing to take preservation gifts of interiors? Many SF people can afford to make that move, even if it somewhat reduces the value of their house after death. It could give real tax benefits while alive, and reduce the ability of flippers to destroy interior architecture.
I love the historic interiors and hate the white box approach, but. I just can’t get behind telling people what they can and cannot do to the inside of their homes. That is a bridge too far.
UPDATE: Ambitious Franklin Street Infill Project Newly Rendered and slated for approval.
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