Plans to add a fourth story and rear addition to the Bryant Mortuary at 635 Fulton Street have been drawn. And as proposed, the historic Hayes Valley building would be converted into a 10-unit residential building, with a total 8 two-bedrooms and 2 threes.

But that’s not all.

As part of the proposed redevelopment, the mortuary building would actually moved about 14 feet to the eastern edge of its 10,400-square-foot lot and the historic Victorian that sits at 807 Franklin Street would be moved half a mile to the western portion of the Fulton Street site, expanded and converted into a three-story, 7-unit building with 3 one-bedroom units and 4 twos.

And with the buildings’ extensions into to the rear of the 635 Fulton Street lot and (smaller than) required rear yards, not one of the 17 units would come with parking (other than for bikes).

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Elitist Pig

    Why can’t this just be a new building? Is this Franken-architecture saving money?

    • Posted by SocketSite

      Both building’s are highly rated (“A”) historic resources.

      • Posted by Adam

        I hear the Englander House (807 Franklin) has a near-original interior. Facadeism at its worst.

        • Posted by BobN

          It’s horrible that they’re going to chop it up inside.

        • Posted by Frisco

          Do we know for sure that this will be facadeism? Why would they move the whole house only to preserve the front?

  2. Posted by sfjhawk

    Just curious: would they need to disclose the fact that the site was a mortuary?

    • Posted by Patrick

      For the same reason that a seller needs to disclose if someone died in a house. Some people aren’t comfortable with dead bodies.

      • Posted by Sal

        Technically no one dies in a mortuary. 😉

    • Posted by Joey

      Is there a haunted discount?

  3. Posted by Notcom

    The listless ground floor aside, it seems like a nice concept…hopefully the set-back is enough the add-on floors aren’t too visible.

  4. Posted by BobN

    They could easily raise the Vic a few feet and add a garage opening for underground parking. This neighborhood’s on-street parking is already overburdened.

    • Posted by Sierrajeff

      I’m not an automatic shill for parking, but – even better than that, the current ground floor of the mortuary is non-historic and pretty fugly – they could put a garage entry through there (far eastern side?), and then restore the remainder of the ground floor façade to match the building.

      • Posted by BobN

        Another reasonable idea. I suggested an entry on the vic only because that space is going to be completely open once they move the mortuary — pretty easy to dig. Of course, the same can be (nearly as easily) said about the open space on the other side before they move the vic.

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