This photo of the newly renovated 184 Linda Street recently showed up in the Curbed Inbox, and we were curious about its story. Behind the new super sleek facade is actually a 1907 cottage, built during the reconstruction period after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.
Earlier construction in the area was completely destroyed in the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, so entire swaths of blocks had to be reconstructed. Most of the new buildings were two or three-story, multi-unit apartments, built in attempts to house as many people as possible, but this little guy was one of four single-family houses on Linda Street. Even though it's old and a unique size compared to everything else around it, it had been altered a bunch since it was originally constructed - there used to be a covered porch that ran the length of the Linda Street elevation, but that had been closed in. Because of all the changes, the project got the go-ahead from Planning for a rear horizontal addition, re-cladding the exterior, modifying the roof form, and reconfiguring the front façade.
184 Linda Street c2010 [Photo: SF Planning]
A few years later in 2010, the Planning Department did a big survey of the Mission, and found that the building would in fact be a contributor to a potential "Inner Mission North Boulevards and Alleys Reconstruction" historic district. But since the project was approved and permits filed before the survey was done, the project remained clear to move ahead.
UPDATE: a reader has tipped us to the designer's site for more project images.