Conrad Meussdorffer, the San Francisco-born Beaux-Arts architect, is best known today for his huge, gorgeous apartment buildings.
But there are smaller slices of Meussdorffer out there for the taking, including this three bed, two bath, condo on McAllister street, which listed today for nearly $1.6 million.
Commissioned by what must have been an extremely successful Irish immigrant tailor as a single family home in 1901, the envy-inspiring Muessdorfer house has since been divided up into thee units, of which this is the smallest at 1,800 feet.
Original details that have been preserved over the years include the old softwood floors and the curved glass in the windows. Even the claw tub and pedestal sink are, supposedly, as old as the house. The coved ceilings and half-circle bay windows are particularly nice touches that recall the ornamented elegance of the architect‘s style.
Meussdorffer designed the likes of Lafayette Park’s St Regis Apartments and the soaring, rose-colored 2006 Washington, but he did a fair passel of individual houses in San Francisco too. Many of them, sadly, were destroyed in 1906 during the Great Quake, as he’d worked extensively in the area east of Van Ness Avenue.
But a few of his old gems are still around to be plucked, in and around San Francisco. The Ross house of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh (Muessdorffer himself was a Ross resident) went on the market in April. This building is only a block away from Alamo Square.
The city has no record of previous sales for this condo, since in the past it’s always been sold contingent with the rest of the building. Realtor Katharine Holland, who represented the present owner’s purchase in 2011, confirms that it went for $595,000 then.
That makes this a whopping 168 percent appreciation. Although, note that 2011 sale was a decline from sales past, since the housing market was still smarting in those days.
- 1390 McAllister Street
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