Staging the Belgravia, a Beaux-Arts San Francisco Gem on Jones Street
Let me walk you through this luxurious gem of a home I staged in the San Francisco Belgravia building, a Beaux-Arts style architecture built in 1913 located three blocks from Union Square.
The Living Room at the Belgravia
This condominium in San Francisco is stunning in the way the light comes into the living room, and how the wood cove molding is so intricately carved that it draws your eyes around the room.
The wainscotting at the base of the walls, only one quarter of the way up, also emphasizes the ceiling height and ornate cove molding by drawing your eyes up.
The French doors lead to a traditional Juliet balcony.
I like how we positioned the Panek chair in the Office so we can see it from the Living Room through the Pocket doors.
Every angle of the Living Room has an interesting view.
The Dining Room at the Belgravia
My favorite view is looking into the dining room from the Living Room. The wood paneling was so stunning I could not bear to put artwork as the nails would cause damage. The room only needed a little greenery to set off the wood and make the room come alive.
There are many doors in this room. The one on the left, which is closed in the picture, is a swinging door connecting to the hallway leading to the kitchen. Picture yourself back in the high society of the1920s having your butler serving you. The French doors lead to the entrance corridor, and through the pocket doors on the right you recognize the Living Room.
The entire apartment has inlaid hardwood flooring which is reminiscent of this time frame. Notice that the dark colored accent is replicated in the choice of furniture.
The Office at the Belgravia
The rug in the Office is a poly-version of a cowhide. To be politically correct in San Francisco is a must.
Check out the old 1920s Remington Portable typewriter on the desk! This could have definitely be used during this era.
The Kitchen at the Belgravia
That is a dumb waiter on the right as you go into the kitchen. This 1913 building in its day had it all!
The Electric Dumbwaiter was manufactured by Burdett Rowntree Manufacturing Corporation, which had offices at 525 Market St. in San Francisco.
Love the many built in shelves! This kitchen gave me a place to intersperse color to the eat-In kitchen.
The Master Bedroom at the Belgravia
The master bedroom also needed color to anchor the room. I used a picture and a rug in blue to add more punch. This also repeated the shades of blue outside the window on this gorgeous day.
History of the Belgravia
The Belgravia Building in San Francisco was built in 1913 in the Tendernob, a neighborhood sandwiched between the Tenderloin and Nob Hill. Located at the corner of Jones Street and Sutter Street, it was designed in the Beaux-Arts style building by the famous San Francisco born architect Frederick Herman Meyer, who also designed the YMCA Hotel in San Francisco which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (ID 86000148).
By name, the Belgravia evokes the prestigious Belgravia District in the City of Westminster within Greater London, which is one of the wealthiest district in the world. Nowadays, the Belgravia name reflects perfectly how prestigious living in San Francisco has become, being one of the most expensive city in the world.
Notice the base of the building, a quarter of the way up the facade, is a nice foreshadowing of the interior with the wainscotting in the Living Room.
Trivia: The Belgravia apartments building has two addresses: the main entrance with its stunning lobby is located at 795 Sutter Street, and its service and delivery entrance is at 796 Jones Street. So the Gem on Jones is actually a Sapphire on Sutter!
I would love to live in this building as it is so San Francisco in style.
Photos by Mark Romero from Marin Home Photography.
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