Located on the desirable flat block of Broadway is No. 2470 BROADWAY, a skillful blend of 1902 Tudor Revival and Elizabethan influences by the architects Samuel and Joseph Cather Newsom. Most striking is the “catslide” roof which suggests thatch, and imbedded in the roof–the “eyelid” bay. The windows of the façade on all three levels emphasize horizontal lines–all different and yet, again, aesthetically compatible. The cornices and brackets add elegance, yet the mottled brick work and colorful boxed flowers suggest “town and country”. Over a century later, the dramatic two-story solarium addition opens the interiors of the home to the superb views of the Bay and sky with their ever-changing colors.
A profile of the architects, Samuel and Joseph Cather Newsom, appears under Features.
The rustic brick walkway in a herring bone pattern leads to the ENTRY HALL. Polished hardwood floors are found throughout the home.
The sunny LIVING ROOM features a coved ceiling and three large tryptic windows which look out to the pretty tree-lined street. Built-in bookcases flank the fireplace and line the opposite wall.
The expansive view DINING ROOM/SOLARIUM with dramatic two-story mansard glass wall is a wonderful space for informal entertaining indoors and out. Sliding glass doors open to the full-width view terrace.
The spacious KITCHEN with breakfast area features:
• Direct access to the solarium and view terrace
• Enameled white cabinets and marble counters
• Six burner Thermador stove & ventilator
• Fisher & Paykell refrigerator/freezer
• Thermador dishwasher
• GE Profile microwave oven
A POWDER ROOM and guest closet are located off the Entry.
Ascend the main staircase with wainscots to the MASTER BEDROOM which overlooks the solarium with views to the Bay. Tall shutters block out morning light if desired.
The MASTER BATH features marble surrounds, mosaic floor tiles, vanity, tub and separate shower.
The front BEDROOM enjoys a view of the streetscape through five sets of windows with cross-hatch transoms. Two built-in bookcase niches add charm. A BATH with marble surround, designer vanity and tub adjoins.
Arched French doors open to the dramatic view BEDROOM on the top floor. Half timbers in the Tudor style accent the tall pitched roof with skylight. Three sets of windows with built-in window seating look out to the lovely homes across the way.
Two additional BEDROOMS with Bay view and a BATH with shower complete this level.
The secondary staircase from the kitchen accesses the lower level which houses a rustic AU PAIR QUARTERS, laundry area with washer/dryer, utility area, extra storage, the two-car tandem GARAGE and convenient trades hall.
Stairs from the lower level lead to the landscaped REAR GARDEN.
Samuel Newsom (1852-1908)
Joseph Cather Newsom (1857-1930)
Style: The Newsoms designed homes and other buildings in various late-nineteenth century Victorian styles, and then shifted to Craftsman and Period Revival styles to stay current.
Active: The brothers formed a partnership in 1878, split up a decade later, and continued working separately sometimes together with relatives and associates.
Known for: Some of California’s grandest Queen Anne homes, as well as more modest buildings. [Public projects include the city halls of Berkeley & Gilroy and the Napa Opera House.]
Other Newsoms: The Newsom clan, originally from Canada, produced two generations of Bay Area architects: Brothers John, Thomas, Samuel and Joseph; then Samuel’s sons, Sidney and Noble. Former San Francisco mayor, currently Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom is a member of the younger generation in this illustrious lineage.
*/Samuel and Joseph C. Newsom, Signature Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area, by Dave Weinstein, Photography by Linda Svendsen, Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2006, pp. 10-18.
Other Sources of Interest:
• Pacific Heights Architects, #26: http://noehill.com/architects/newsom.aspx
• Pacific Coast Architects Data Base: http://pcad.lib.washington.edu/