Information on Standard SF House Designs : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread

Our 1927, two bedroom, marina style house is of a design that is very common throughout the City. I have been told that the majority of houses in the City are variations of only about 15 designs. Can anyone provide information on the architects and history of these designs? Thanks in advance.

-- Colin Paul (, October 02, 2001


A lot of the classic stucco homes were built by Sunstream.

There was another builder, whose name escapes me right now but it begins with a "D," who built most of the houses in Daley City and was famous for flip-flop designs and solid redwood construction.

-- Rosa Debonneheure (, October 02, 2001.

Henry Doelger! I am sooooooo lame. Here's an essay about him, the Sunset District and Daly City, along with pictures of some of the houses he built.

They're not bad, really. I used to own one. Nice, sturdy house but devoid of imagination and awful dark inside. But at least he put in hardwood floors in everything.....

Metropolitan Home did a great picture layout of a remodel of a Doelger home. They bumped out the walls to the eaves, left the floors bare, and cut down some of the interior walls to make it open plan. It was very, very beautiful, light and clean. The issue was sometime between 1983 and 1986. I've got it stuck away in a file somewhere and I'll try to find you the date when I get off work.

-- Rosa Debonneheure (, October 02, 2001.

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