- Pacific Heights, San Francisco
- Building Type:
- 3700 Washington Street, San Francisco, California
- Current Name:
- 3700 Washington Street
- Current Use:
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The starkly modern form of this house is relieved with vernacular expressions: vertical barn-like siding and large windows with delicate mullions. The Goldman House occupies a corner site at Washington Street and Spruce Street, which descends dramatically toward the Bay. Composed of a straightforward L-shaped form, the house embraces an exterior court, setting up sophisticated indoor/outdoor relationships on both intimate and grand scales. Entry from Washington Street is formalized with an colonnade carved out of the lower level of the primary volume that flanks the brick-paved garden court. The entry procession concludes with an expansively glazed double-height entrance and stair hall at the back of the court. The living areas beyond are positioned to confront the Bay view to the North. The integration of building and site embraces environmental and historic elements. The exterior court and expansive glazing intertwines house and garden, while the building is founded, in part, on brick retaining walls, a vestige of an earlier house built on this site in the middle of the 19th century.
A straightforward cubic L-shaped volume partly encloses a garden and formal entry route. The house is clad in vertical barn-like wood siding with over-scaled double-hung windows, distinctive characteristics of the Bay Region style.
Esherick's use of straightforward forms and articulation, characteristic of the Bay Region tradition, yield an elegantly direct interrelationship between house and site.