This iconic property stands high on Potrero Hill. Last used as a school, this property underwent a massive renovation to be used as a live/work space by Allan Stone. The lot is approximately 12,000 and has two separate structures as well as a park like setting. The main residence has more than 5000 square feet of light filled open living space with massive volume.
There are three oversized levels of living, all with incredible scale, light and views. The juxtaposition of both traditional public and private rooms and open space offer a variety of uses of the space. Direct outdoor space off each level provides for true indoor outdoor living as well as a vista point to enjoy the incredible views and outlooks.
The second residence is a free standing two level home that was previously used for an artist space and residence. This wood framed structure overlooks the garden as well as having views of Potero Hill, Noe Valley and the city.
The main floor has an open floor plan with kitchen and living room. A separate room with built in’s and a closet was previously used as a work space. Upstairs is a bedroom with a full bathroom and a dramatic round view window.
Taxes: Currently expected to be 1.1691% of the purchase price. To be reassessed upon sale. Note: Prospective buyers are advised to review the Disclosure Package on file with the listing agents prior to making an offer.
Allan Stone Biography
Exuberant, irreverent, and down to earth, Allan Stone incessantly pursued art. His legendary collecting invaded his life and home - literally every inch of the gallery, his office, and
this property on Mariposa Street. He has been called “the ultimate connoisseur of both art and life.” While the art market consolidated around powerbrokers with ever increasing influence over the value and visibility of “high end” artists, Allan continued to influence the art world to look beyond a work’s or artist’s value as a commodity.
He was in the business of selling art, but his work was a byproduct of his passion for collecting – a means of sustaining his insatiable appetite for aesthetic inspiration. His all enveloping enthusiasm helped create some of the most important collections of the last 50 years.
While still studying as an undergraduate at Harvard, Allan attended an exhibition featuring Willem de Kooning, first exposing him to the art world, and used his life’s savings to purchase a small piece.
He went on to study law at Boston University, and then spent a short stint as a Wall Street lawyer, where he gave free legal advice to artists. Eventually, he raised enough money from his co-workers to open a small gallery for his works and came to celebrate the anniversary of its opening as his birthday.
Over his life, he became an expert on and major collector of the Abstract Expressionists, notably Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Barnett Newman, Franz Kline, John Graham, and Joseph Cornell. He was an early and avid collector of John Chamberlain.
He gave early shows to the sculptors César and Robert Arneson, and to the painters Richard Estes and Wayne Thiebaud. (whom he represented across his entire career) As his collection grew, it was tapped for exhibitions at many institutions, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Guggenheim Museum, New York; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento; The de Young Museum, San Francisco; The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, and The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.
While many artists he showed and collected were incidentally commercially successful, and academia has catalogued their careers in great detail, his eye was discerning of price. The works of emerging artists, folk art, African primitive artifacts, and early 20th century home furnishings were brandished along side the canvases of established masters. Eventually his house and gallery in New York teemed with art, walls and surfaces covered from floor to ceiling. His collection became legendary in the New York art world. He came to acquire the property at 2255 Mariposa Street in the 1980’s as a west coast outlet to his stable of artists, clients, and friends across the country. It too came to be enveloped by his collection, which he proudly shared with artists, academics, students, and art patrons alike.
Allan Stone loved life. His presence energized any room; his enthusiasm entertained everyone around him. His unrelenting character made him an important character in the world of contemporary art. But while he had a magnetic personality, he himself was attracted by few things: sweets, tennis, his friends, his family that he loved, and art – in all its semblances – for its ineffable qualities.
For decades, Potrero Hill remained one of the best-kept secrets in San Francisco. Shipyards and working docks on one side of the hill, bakeries, breweries, and warehouses on the other gave a decidedly blue collar cast to this quiet neighborhood. As South of Market was colonized by the dot com explosion, the former warehouses and factories were converted to office space and live/work lofts. San Francisco high rises sprang up along the 3rd street corridor, and suddenly Potrero Hill wa-if not in the center of things-a short commute to the action. Today, Potrero Hill has lots going for it besides its location, sunny weather, killer views, and easy commutes to downtown or Silicon Valley. The neighborhood is comprised mainly of single-family Victorian homes that withstood the 1906 earthquake. Shops along 18th street include Chez Papa, which offers some of the best French Provencal bistro cuisine on this side of the Atlantic. Blooms, named after the heroine of Ulysses, is a classic bar, offering pool tables, and jaw dropping views of the city at night. Long-time come-as-you-are favorite community coffee shop, Farley's, makes coffee strong enough to cut through any fog. At the foot of Potrero, the scene is a lively mix of students at the California College of Art campus, and the California Culinary Academy, with local bar The Bottom of the Hill hosting up and coming new music acts. Locals get their groceries at the nearby shopping center at 16th and Potrero.