The Historic Feusier Octagon House
1067 Green Street
Traditional elegance in a discrete sylvan park like setting
12+ Room (4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths), 5,267 square feet (per tax records)
Multiple entertaining rooms
Oversized 66 by 167 foot lot with large landscaped south rear yard
Separate 2 car garage enters from Leavenworth Street
Flexible floor plan offers a 3 grand level residency for elegant entertaining
(Lower level is currently portioned off to facilitate independent guest occupancy)
MAIN LEVEL - Gracious entertaining
Over the past 150+ Years this grand residence's versatile octagonal floor plan has facilitated its use in a number of configurations. Currently the upper two floors are used as a sophisticated entertainment oriented city residence. This main level's traditional decor and furnishings include elaborate antique chandelier in all main rooms, warm hardwood floors patterned to the structure's unique flow of rooms, bold door and window molding, high ceilings accented by unique pierced iron crown molding, and multiple fireplaces. A unique Plexiglas vacuum elevator offers assisted access to the upper private living quarters.
UPPER LEVEL - Private Living
The master suite is on the west end of this level with southwest, west and northwest light and a large walk-in closet. High ceilings and warm hardwood floors continue throughout this floor as well. The second bedroom is on the north with its bath entering from the hall. A private breakfast room with full kitchen completes this floor. A narrow staircase leads from the center hall up to a small "widow's watch" cupola at the roof level.
LOWER LEVEL - Private Living
An interior staircase from the main level hall down to this level is currently walled off in a manner that protects its open balustrade railing. The wall can be easily removed. Currently this level is accessed from a side door to the left of the main level front staircase. This level has the primary kitchen and large family room with fireplace. Its French doors lead to an exterior south facing patio. This level has the third and fourth bedrooms and one full bath. Floors on this level are Saltillo tile. A hall leads by the laundry and utility rooms to the property's spacious landscaped south lawn. The 2 car side-by-side garage (with potential for additional cars under its trellised extension) accesses Leavenworth Street to the west.
1857’s-1880’s Russian Hill
Based on Orson Fowler's A Home for All, or the Gravel Wall and Octagonal Mode of Building (Woodbridge and Woodbridge 1992: 69).
Feusier Octagon House (15) (1859) at 1067 Green was designed by an unknown follower of nineteenth-century New York phrenologist Orson Fowler, who wrote in A Home for All that octagon houses provided a salubrious residential environment and a cheap domicile for the "new age." Perfect for California! A second story, the mansard roof, and a cupola were added sometime after the house was built (Wiley 2000: 259).
At 1067 Green, a pioneer named Kenny built a second octagon in 1858. He sold it in 1870 to a French family, the Feusiers, who occupied the house for so many generations that it came to be known as the Feusier Octagon. Mme. Feusier enjoyed recounting to later generations the story of her trip from France, when her young husband, who had already settled in San Francisco, asked her how she would like to live in an eight-sided house. She was understandably astonished when she actually saw it. In later years, while she was paying a visit to France, her husband, as a surprise, added the octagonal mansard roof to give the family more room, making the house quite a departure from the usual octagon style.
Mme. Feusier also recalled the disheartening view from the rear windows in 1906, the barren landscape of a fire-blackened city, but noted that the city had looked just as barren when she had come to it as a bride. The Feusier Octagon was one of a group of houses at the top of Russian Hill which survived the 1906 disaster, but it was threatened in the 1970s, when the owner wanted to replace it with a high-rise apartment tower. It is now a city landmark (Alexander and Heig 2002: 106).
The ten hundred block of Green Street, on one of the three crests of Russian Hill, is one of the most remarkable blocks in the city. The outstanding building on the block is the octagon house at 1067 Green Street. One of the two remaining octagon houses in the city (once there were five), the "Feusier House" was built in 1857-58 by George Kenny and sold in 1870 to Louis Feusier, a companion of such San Francisco celebrities as Leland Stanford and Mark Twain. The plan was developed from the general scheme of Orson S. Fowler, a phrenologist who had succeeded in identifying well-being with the shape and construction of one's domicile. The addition of a Mansard roof, providing a third story, and a small, octagonal cupola during the 1880's does not seem to have affected the original style of the house (Olmsted and Watkins 1969: 47).
Restoration by Magic Brush, Inc. (Robert Dufort) and San Francisco Restorations (Jim Mannix).
Preservation architect was Arnie Lerner of Lerner Associates.
This is one of two surviving Octagon homes in San Francisco. It is the larger of the two, was built first, and still functions as a private residence. The second Octagon home is the "McElroy House", built 1861, located on Gough Street (at Union St.) and operated as a museum.
As one can see from the photos, in 1987 the Feusier House exterior was in poor condition. It required extensive paint stripping, restoration with epoxy consolidants and fillers, as well as miscellaneous carpentry repairs to the trim. The mansard roof cedar shingles were replaced. Some foundation and drainage work was also performed.
The use of epoxy consolidants and fillers was quite uncommon in 1987. In fact, Magic Brush and SF Restorations were at the forefront of using these types of products to restore wood facades. "Bondo" was then considered "state of the art" by most....(still is by some....).
For showings call Floyd Turnquist (415) 602-7164