Peek Inside an Historic Home in Alamo Square

Peek Inside an Historic Home in Alamo Square

Susie Nadler
May 11, 2009
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If you love to gawk at historic homes, especially frilly Victorians and colorful, staid Edwardians, the Alamo Square area is a lot of fun for an afternoon stroll. There are the famous Painted Ladies, of course, lined up primly underneath a knockout view, but the little neighborhood surrounding the park is full of similar beauties, and we've always liked to wander around imagining what they might be like inside. One such home, the 1903 Colgate mansion (as in, the toothpaste), has just gone on the market, and SFGate has put together some photos for the curious...

The exterior of the Colgate house has been preserved, but the interior underwent a complete renovation, so the result is a mix of old and new. Historic architectural details inside the house have been replaced by sleek, contemporary design features, like frosted glass doors and niches carved out for flat-screen TVs.

The result is certainly gorgeous and refined, although we can't help but feel like the house may have lost some of its charm in the transition. At least they kept the amazing bay windows, which look out on the other historic properties on the block.

What do you think? If you had a chance to renovate an historic home, would you go for a contemporary look, or try to keep some of the original design intact?

For more photos, click over to SFGate.

(Images: OpenHomesPhotography.com)

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