Atherton House

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Atherton House
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Atherton House is located in California
Atherton House
Atherton House is located in the US
Atherton House
Location 1990 California St., San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′24″N 122°25′34″W / 37.79000°N 122.42611°W / 37.79000; -122.42611Coordinates: 37°47′24″N 122°25′34″W / 37.79000°N 122.42611°W / 37.79000; -122.42611
Area 0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built 1881 (1881)
Architectural style Stick/eastlake, Queen Anne
NRHP reference # 79000527[1]
Added to NRHP January 31, 1979

Atherton House also known as the Faxon Atherton Mansion is a historic building in San Francisco, California, United States.


The house was built in 1881-1882 and in the Queen Anne style architecture in the United States style with horizontal lines, a clipped gable. and a short tower. It was constructed for Dominga de Goñi Atherton, after the death of her husband Faxon Dean Atherton. She was the mother-in-law of novelist Gertrude Atherton, who wrote about the house in her memoirs. The architect is suspected of being John Marquis.[2] It has also been reported that the Moore Brothers designed it,[3] though other accounts indicate that Moore Brothers were the initial builders. Newspaper articles about the house when the housewarming was held in 1882 described it as picturesque, but appearing to be a relic of an earlier time. The reporter also noted that the height of the rooms created a claustrophobic effect on visitors. Possibly in answer to the comments, Dominga hired Charles Lee Tilden to improve the house.[4]

The house is reportedly haunted and is featured on ghost tours.[5] As of printing the house is currently subdivided into many apartments.[6]

The style of the house has been described as both "eclectic" and "bizarre".[7]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Cerny, Susan Dinkelspiel (2007). An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith, Publisher. p. 8. ISBN 9781586854324. 
  3. ^ Willey, Peter Booth (2000). National Trust Guide/San Francisco: America's Guide for Architecture and History Travelers. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 274. ISBN 0471191205. 
  4. ^ Waldhorn, Judith Lynch; Woodbridge, Sally B.; Wheeler, Wendy (illustrator) (1978). Victoria's legacy. San Francisco, California: 101 Productions. p. 24. ISBN 0-89286-139-8. 
  5. ^ Dwyer, Jeff (2011-10-17). Ghost Hunter's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area: Revised Edition (Revised ed.). Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. p. 134. ISBN 9781589809680. 
  6. ^ Richards, Rand (2008). Historic Walks in San Francisco: 18 Trails Through the City's Past. San Francisco: Heritage House Publishers. p. 310. ISBN 1879367033. 
  7. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form". United States Department of the Interior. 1979. Retrieved 2 September 2017.