Herbst Manor in Pacific Heights
Tour a Georgian mansion decorated by prominent West Coast designers at this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase at Herbst Manor. Situated one block above Billionaire’s Row in Pacific Heights, the 8,000 square-foot residence is an architectural gem with impressive views of the city, bay and beyond. From now until May 27, 2013, you can tour this historic home and indulge in the creativity of 27 skilled designers who were selected to transform the 24 indoor and outdoor spaces. The result is a cohesive collection of colors, styles and furnishings indicative of each designer’s point of view.
Herbst Manor: Living Room - Catherine Kwong design
Inspired by the 70’s lifestyle of Mick and Bianca Jagger, designer Catherine Kwong created a stylishly elegant living room with a rock ‘n roll edge. Of particular interest is the eye-catching blue floor with hand-painted, sweeping white brushstrokes. Also of note are the vintage Italian fringe light fixtures against the wall and the oversize studded door leading to the entryway.
Herbst Manor: Penthouse Retreat & Terrace - Villanueva Design
A favorite is the penthouse retreat and terrace designed by Villanueva Design. Located on the top floor of the residence, designer Karen Villanueva kept the floor-to-ceiling windows free of coverings – bringing the outdoors in and maximizing the wow factor (the views are incredible). The soothing color pallet and calming, overall ambience will have you feeling relaxed even before you hit the massage table.
Herbst Manor: Master Bathroom - Siol Studios
Designers Kevin Hackett and Jessica Weigley of Siol Studios completely gutted the master bathroom and transformed it into a tranquil oasis. Behind the tub is a living wall of fragrant herbs, mosses and geraniums. It’s like bathing in an enchanted forest.
Herbst Manor was built in 1899 by renowned architect Ernest Coxhead and has had only four owners in its 114-year history. The original owner was Sarah Spooner, a wealthy art collector who purchased the corner lot for $10. The most recent owners, Adrian and Lee Herbst Gruhn bought the home in 1967 and were highly regarded for their fundraising efforts and contribution to the arts. Both Adrian and Lee are now deceased and today Herbst Manor is owned by Lee’s nephew and his wife, Mark and Karen Montoya. The property, which was listed for nearly $9.75M, was taken off the market for the Decorator Showcase.
The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is an annual fundraiser benefitting San Francisco University High School. For the past 35 years it’s raised over $12 million for the school’s financial aid program.
More Information: San Francisco Decorator Showcase - Herbst Manor
2800 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Dates: April 27 to May 27
Times: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat: 10am-3pm; Fri: 10am-7pm, Sun & Memorial Day: 11am-4pm
Tickets: $30 ($25 for seniors) - available at the door or online.