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Polite to its Victorian neighbors.

IN SAN FRANCISCO'S early days, developers often built small cottages at the rear of deep lots, saving the front portions for grander residences.

Designing in-fill housing for a neighborhood spared from urban renewal, the architects reworked this housing formula to maximize density and respond to the surrounding architecture.

The appealing facade--with its bays, brackets, and eyebrow trellises--works "with and against its setting," says the architect.

While traditional in spirit, the plan breaks new ground. The townhouses fronting the street sit on top of a parking garage. A large, arched entry signals arrival, and, as juror Simon remarked, "offers a sense of grandeur for its residents."
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Title Annotation:1991-1992 Western Home Awards
Publication:Sunset
Date:Oct 1, 1991
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