Queen Anne façade restoration and addition

Originally a Queen Anne cottage, this house in Ashbury Heights had suffered the indignity, common to many San Francisco Victorians, of having its original ornament stripped so that it could be replaced with cement asbestos shingles. A more difficult design problem, however, was how to camouflage the hip-roofed second story added in the early 20th century. The addition of a cupola over the entry integrates the formless bulk of the second floor with the massing of original cottage and restores proper emphasis to the entry. Ornament on the original was reconstructed from scar evidence made visible upon removal of the asbestos shingles. The resulting design has been reproduced in various drawings and photographs in the manner usually reserved for the most iconic of San Francisco Victorians.