Inside Samuel Newsom’s Best Home

29 November 2011

The architecturally significant home at 2698 Pacific Avenue, built by Samuel Newsom in 1904, has recently gone on the market for just under $10 million.

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Pacific Heights mansion by Samuel Newsom for sale

The architecturally significant home at 2698 Pacific Avenue, built by Samuel Newsom in 1904, has recently gone on the market for just under $10 million, giving us a rare opportunity to take a look at the fine detail inside.

Featured in at least two books on Bay Area architecture, including “Gables and Fables: A Portrait of San Francisco’s Pacific Heights” by Anne and Arthur Bloomfield, the home was designed in a Classical Revival style, with a gorgeous portico inspired by a Roman temple.

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Bloomfield wrote that 2698 Pacific is one of the best homes built by the famous architect. “The temple portico is beautiful, the symmetry of the house, almost a cube, satisfies,” he says, “and the siting is perfect.”

Represented by luxury real estate agent Joel Goodrich, who is well known to readers of San Francisco Luxury Living, the 12,667 square foot mansion includes eight bedrooms, seven baths, two powder rooms, seven fireplaces, two libraries, four offices, a sitting room, two terraces, a formal dining room, a kitchen with separate butler’s pantry, a ballroom converted into a giant family/entertainment room, and motor court for six to seven cars parking.

More information about the home can be found at

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Entrance hall with magnificent wood paneling, grand-scale architectural detail and double staircase

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An exquisite wrought-iron balustrade

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“The beautiful colonnade-style second floor landing is graced with classical Corinthian columns and graceful arches, fabulous gilded grass cloth wall finishes and crowned by an artistic Tiffany-style stained glass skylight with intricately carved molding,” says listing agent Joel Goodrich.

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Tiffany-style skylight

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“The elegantly proportioned living room enjoys magnificent ceiling height, beautiful trellis-patterned plaster ceiling decoration, elegant picture and crown moldings, hand-painted wood floors, and an irreplaceable sculpted marble antique fireplace,” according to Goodrich.

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Library with beamed ceilings

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The banquet-sized formal dining room

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The view from 2698 Pacific Avenue

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