A Queen Anne mansion in San Francisco is featured.
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The Gold Rush had turned San Francisco into a thriving seaport by the mid 1880s. The city was the perfect place for an ambitious young man from Germany named William Hass. He had hoped to make a fortune in gold but instead found success in the wholesale grocery business.
Haas had achieved his goal by his late 20s when he moved into a grand Victorian mansion built in the Queen Anne style. He paid $18,000 for the home at a time when the average price for a house was about $700.