Inside the Archbishop’s SF Abode

San Francisco is full of stately residences, but the mansion at 1000 Fulton Street has a rich history like no other.

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San Francisco is full of stately residences, but the mansion at 1000 Fulton Street has a rich history like no other. The incredibly large 20,000 square foot home was built specifically for Patrick Riordan, the second archbishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Francisco in 1904. The impressive historic landmark just hit the market with a staggering $7.95 million price tag. View the listing.
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The mansion was constructed in 1904 and designed by architect Frank Shea who constructed other buildings in San Francisco on behalf of the Catholic Archdiocese including St. Vincent de Paul and Holy Cross.
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The stately residences spans four full floors and boasts 20,000 square feet of interior living space. Each room is crafted with the utmost detail and though renovated, its design and feel remains uniquely early 20th century.
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A view of one of the many sitting rooms in the home where the late Archbishop undoubtedly hosted many dignitaries and prominent members of the Catholic church. The chandelier adorning this room is the original one used in the movie Gone With the Wind and the baby grand piano was once owned by Noel Coward.
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Prior to arriving in SF in 1882, the Archbishop lived in Chicago where in 1871 he experienced the Great Fire. Perhaps due to his experience in Chicago, the Archbishop directed that the house be made of stucco and a steel-reinforced concrete foundation, which served to save the building from destruction after the historic 1906 earthquake.
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Incidentally, because the mansion was one of the few buildings still intact, the home and its many ornate rooms reportedly transformed into a refuge center for the many displaced residents after the quake.
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A look at the formal dining room, which like many of the other lavish rooms in the abode, is decked out in redwood that was brought in from the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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A view of the first-floor contemporary kitchen that's equipped with commercial grade appliances, a storage closet and a butler's pantry.
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At one point in its modern history, the former Archbishop's mansion was converted into a bed and breakfast. In fact, it got stellar reviews on numerous travel review websites.
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A view of the sunny breakfast room located next to the spacious kitchen.
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The foyer and colonnaded central hall is perhaps the most imposing feature of the home. The chandelier in the foyer is said to be original and converted from gas to electric.
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In 1945, the Archbishop, hoping to spread the lavish love around, decamped to Pacific Heights and converted his mansion into a working boys home for Catholic youth.
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Climb up the dramatic three-story staircase, which is made completely from mahogany.
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The luxurious nature of this home reaches all the way to the sky. The dramatic three-story mahogany staircase is lit by an equally dramatic oval stained glass dome.
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For those that aren't familiar with SF neighborhoods, Alamo Square is located in the heart of San Francisco and is home to the Victorian painted ladies. The average list price for homes on Alamo Square is a whopping $5.55 million.
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The total number of rooms in this spectacular mansion: 30.
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While the mansion was built for the Archbishop, it was clearly designed with the intent of a plethora of people shacking up here because there are 13 total bedrooms in this large pad.
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In 1972, the Archdiocese reportedly sold the mansion to a medical center that championed a residential drug rehab center.
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The current owners, Jonathan Shannon and Jeffrey Ross, bought the residence in 1980 and impeccably renovated the entire place from floor to ceiling, a feat that took more than two years.
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There are 14 total bathrooms in the home.
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A view of the rec/game room. The home also includes a 6-10 car garage and an elevator in case the mere thought of trudging up four flights of stairs is enough exercise in itself.
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The entire bottom floor of the home totals 5,000 square feet and, for prospective owners, it's worth noting that there are endless possibilities for an area of this gigantic size.
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A mansion wouldn't be a mansion without awesome city views, which this house has aplenty.
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