THIS DESIGNER SHOWCASE HOME JUST HIT THE MARKET FOR $30 MILLION
THE SAN FRANCISCO MANSION IS MODELED AFTER MARIE ANTOINETTE’S PETIT TRIANON IN VERSAILLES.
By Damion Matthews | April 26, 2019
"Did you see Marie Antoinette in the basement?" That's a question you don't hear every day. But overheard at this week's opening night party for the 42nd annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase, it turned out to be a perfectly reasonable thing to ask.
The setting, afterall, was one of the city's largest and most prominent homes (which was modeled after Le Petit Trianon in Versailles, where the legendary 18th century Queen of France spent her happiest days). Following a multi-million dollar renovation of the nearly 18,000 square foot mansion, the gardens and interior have been completely redesigned by some of the best firms in the area to showcase their talents, and raise funds for the financial aid program of San Francisco University High School.
It's in the most dramatic of those rooms—a ballroom on the lower level which Vernon Applegate and Gioi Tran of Applegate Tran Interiors have turned into an ultra-chic "nightclub"—that you'll find Marie Antoinette, or rather a plaster likeness of her by artist Linda Horning, standing center stage, surrounded by flowers.
With a queen in the basement, what delightful surprises can be found in the rest of the house, which has just been put on the market for $30 million?
Take a look below to find out.
The Marie Antoinette 'Nightclub'
A plaster likeness of Marie Antoinette takes center stage in Applegate Tran's interpretation of a "modern ballroom", which also features surreal columns made of coal shards,
The Jane Birkin Living Room
Designers Chris Weir and Susan Collins Weir had Mathieu Lehanneur's massive marble coffee table from Carpenters' Workshop Gallery shipped in from Paris for this room, designed to add a modern highlight to the Neoclassical style home built in 1904.
Chandelier by Regis Botta for Ozone. Mobile sculpture by Karl Zahn. Sofa and bench custom designed by Studio Collins Weir .
The designers tried to evoke the spirit of a Parisian salon, the kind that "may have hosted the likes of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin," they said.
The 'Houhgton Hall' Master Suite
"My inspiration is a wonderful evening at Houghton Hall, that was hosted by Lady Rose, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, and de Gournay founder Claud Cecil Gurney," said designer Jonathan Rachman, speaking of a dinner for 80 guests that he attended at the legendary estate in Norfolk, England. It was lit entirely by candlelight.
"That evening was magical. I was in love with the house, the wallpaper, the room, but mostly I was mesmerized and infatuated by Lady Rose," he said, gesturing towards the photos of her that he had placed throughout the room.
The suite features de Gournay's 'Houghton' hand-painted wallpaper, which is a reproduction of 18th century panels that the Marchioness of Cholmondeley discovered in her attic. They were part of the same set of panels hung in the Cabinet Room at Houghton Hall.
Sleigh beds, table lamps and blue mirror from Epoca.
The Haute Hideaway
Designers James Hunter and Paul Wiseman paid tribute to the connoisseurship of the late Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge in designing this elegant yet comfortable room which had previously been used as a formal dining room.
The designers call the room "a connoisseur's enclave of treasured objects."
Among the many beautiful pieces, we spotted a Noguchi hanging lamp, a stunning Edwin Lutyens table, a Ming Dynasty coffee table, antique Oushak carpet, and of course a Steinway grand piano.
Designer Heather Hilliard calls her space, "L'Appartement," describing it as "a chic gathering space for a contemporary French family, while celebrating iconic French designs from the 17th century to the present."
Anneau Pendant light from Eric Schmitt Studio. Lounge chairs by Verner Panton for Thonet. Polar Bear Sofa by Jonas Inc.
The Recital Room
The original owners of the home, Marcus and Corinne Koshland, were major supporters of the arts. Corrine was founder of the San Francisco Symphony Association and one of the first directors of the San Francisco Opera. It's fitting, then, that designer Martin Kobus devoted his room to the enjoyment of music.
"Through a contemporary lens we pay homage to the salon's original architecture, revealed in all its symmetry, to truly let it sing," said designer Martin Kobus.
The rooms striking geometric wallpaper by de Gournay is aptly named "Symphony."
Rooftop Rendez-Vous Retreat
Willem Racke and Susan Lind Chastain papered the walls of this upper level retreat (with views of the open sky and the cityscape), with a design featuring scenes of San Francisco and its landscapes.
Garouste & Bonetti settees from the 1980s.
The Presidio Heights location of the home provides magnificent views of the San Francisco Bay, the City, and the lush Presidio.
Alicia Cheung Lichtenstein and Eva Muller Bradley of Studio Heimat designed this room with 13-year-old twin girls in mind. "We embedded messages of strong women to help them on their way," they said.
No design detail has been overlooked — even the butler's pantry, designed by Kari Mcintosh Dawdy, makes a special statement. "The floral arranging room is the ultimate in luxury," she said.
Flowers by Birch.
A dramatic three-level atrium made of marble in the center of the residence provides an exceptional spot for entertaining, and displaying art collections.
It is here, in fact, that luminaries Igor Stravinsky, Jascha Heifetz and Leonard Bernstein performed for guests in the early part of the 20th century.
A Home for Art Collectors
Catharine Clark Gallery provided the work of five female artists to hang among the gold ornamentations, marble columns, stained glass windows, high ceilings and sweeping staircases of the home.
Coldwell Banker Global Luxury agent Joel Goodrich has listed 3800 Washington Street, the home known as San Francisco's Le Petit Trianon, for $30 Million.
It includes 20 rooms including 9 bedrooms, 6 baths, 3 powder rooms, 2 kitchens, 2 wet-bars and butler’s pantry.
There's also a ballroom/ media-room/ entertaining space, formal dining room, reception room, library, living room, 3 story central atrium, family room, two home offices, den, breakfast room, side entrance with gardening room, and a two-car garage.
The San Francisco Decorator Showcase runs through May 27. Tickets can be purchased at decoratorshowcase.org