"House Beautiful Magazine's Kitchen of The Year 2017"
The 1904 mansion at 2698 Pacific Ave. had 11,000 square feet, an architectural pedigree, a location right off "Billionaire's Row" in Pacific Heights, a massive seismic upgrade and a studs-out renovation of all four floors, but it still took the work of more than two dozen well-respected local designers to catch the attention of its current owners.
In 2017, the home was selected for the SF Decorator's Showcase, a nationally recognized annual interior design event and fundraiser for the financial aid program of San Francisco University High School.
Compared to last year’s color-studded affair, the 2017 Decorator Showcase, high atop Pacific Heights, is rife with subdued tones and darker designs. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, perhaps it’s a response to last year’s unabashed vividness. But this year’s more restrained looks don’t make the showcase any less grand of an affair.
The home on Pacific Avenue in San Francisco’s Pac Heights neighborhood is what the home’s listing agent calls a “trophy property.”
That’s quite a statement, but it does make sense for an 11,000-square-foot mansion. It was chosen for the 2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, an annual event 42 years in the running where dozens of the city’s top designers bring their expertise to a chosen home and turn it into a work of art.
The penthouse living room and bar by Catherine Kwong features a Nakashima Cocktail Table. Kwong flew to Pennsylvania to meet with George Nakashima's daughter, Mira, and selected the slab of walnut that would anchor the room. "That was the first design decision made, and everything else followed," says the designer.
To celebrate the 10th annual House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year, San Francisco designer Jon de la Cruz whipped up a game-changing cook space worthy of the occasion. Loaded with the latest culinary conveniences, time-savers and stylish customizations, it's a future-forward kitchen that doesn't forget the past — that's a happy anniversary, indeed!
It’s a big year for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, the 40th. In honor of the program’s ruby anniversary, they have a jewel of a house: 2698 Pacific Avenue, a Classical Revival mansion on the corner of Pacific Avenue and Scott Street. In room after room, designers brought personal stories to life. Jonathan Rachman channeled the friendship between style icons in his living room; Martin Kobus reached to his Dutch roots for a library that balances between the old and new; Jon de la Cruz expresses his love of cooking in the kitchen.