Step Inside a Lovingly Restored Edwardian

Eighteen years ago this San Francisco home was rescued, restored and loved. Look at the amazing detail that was uncovered (and added).
By: Amy Keyishian

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

Photo By: Lydia Deitz-Yaffe

337 Parnassus Avenue: Living Room With Fireplace

The burnished-copper fireplace is a copy of one Yaffe spotted in an Arts and Crafts coffee-table book; she found a local artisan who could create and hand-hammer one for this room.

Living Room Mantel Detail

The hand-hammered copper mantel is art nouveau — maybe not strictly San Francisco in origin, but faithful to the period.

Living Room

The original hardwood floors were intact and waiting to be lovingly restored. The windows, too, are their original shape, fitted with custom-sized double panes.

Dining Room With Built-In

Yep, that's original, with leaded (but not beveled) glass. The box-beamed ceiling is classic.

Dining Room to Living Room

The distinctively shaped columns, sometimes called "bungalow columns," grace an archway leading to the living room, a nicely open floor plan.

Kitchen to Backyard

You can take the whole Edwardian thing too far, right? The kitchen is still sun-drenched, but has all the modern conveniences.

Kitchen

The construction of the original structure took 12 to 18 months, and was completed in 1908.

Front Door Detail

The beveled glass details in the front door are original, and echo the same pattern in vertical glass on either side of the door.

Foyer

The wainscoting is typical of the period: sturdy, simple, solid wood, a departure from fussier Victorian designs.

Stained Glass

Yaffe wasn't afraid to improve upon the original. The original clear glass of this window looked right into the home of her 92-year-old neighbor, so she had an artisan in Scottsdale create stained glass that matched its surroundings in color, texture and spirit.

Patio

The original garden was chopped into two parts. The update creates one connected outdoor space in front, side and back (the lot is extra wide) and, at one time, the path ended at a playhouse built to match the home.

Deck

The extra-wide lot leaves plenty of room for outdoor space.

First Bedroom

Yep, that's an en suite bathroom.

Second Bedroom

Countless details are dotted throughout the house, like the cabinets under the bay windows, that took years to discover (and will take years to rediscover).

Third Bedroom

There's more wainscoting, a charming counterpoint to the fully wired modern conveniences.

Attic Playroom

The finished attic features two mini closets that were converted into kid-friendly nooks, complete with little speakeasy windows, and can fit a full-on slumber party of 12.