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Russian Hill Townhouse

Family Home by NICOLEHOLLIS in San Francisco, CA

This architecturally significant three-bedroom family residence sits atop Russian Hill in San Francisco. The original John Bricknell Victorian was built in 1866 and transformed into a classic Italianate by the architect Julia Morgan in 1916 for prominent art importer David Atkins. It has most recently been seismically upgraded and carefully installed with 21st century amenities while respecting Ms. Morgan’s original attention to detail and craftsmanship.

The new owners of the home are a close-knit family who looked to leave the suburbs for the city. The family has a strong appreciation for innovation, creativity and play and looked to translate this modern point of view into their residence. A new kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom were required, as were spaces that were open, modern and kid- friendly. The clients tapped NICOLEHOLLIS to reimagine the house with a modern sensibility while still keeping its original “soul.”

The project involved a three-year full remodel. The renovation preserved the home’s myriad original details, including moldings and fireplaces, and emphasized the expansive windows, natural light and large back yard.

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Photography: Douglas Friedman