The Spreckels Mansion in Pacific Heights is a sight to behold. Its white limestone facade is almost as inspring as the mansion's enviable bay views. It's a private residence (with a very famous owner) so we can only appreciate the home's gorgeous exterior.
The Spreckels Mansion was built in 1913 by sugar magnate Adolph Spreckels for his lovely new wife, Alma le Normand de Bretteville. The French Baroque chateau was built on several prime lots overlooking the bay and Golden Gate. Alma was an avid art collector and model - you may recognize her likeness in the Dewey Monument in Union Square - who would later donate the Palace of the Legion of Honor art museum.
The 55-room house remained largely unchanged until Alma's death in 1968. The current owner, romance novelist Danielle Steele, added the row of hedges that now block curious eyes from trying to peer into the historic mansion.
For more information on Alma Spreckels, visit the Encyclopedia of San Francisco.