Upper Market/Twin Peaks: Richard Neutra's Largent House
Nestled in the post-WWII stuccapocalypse that is Upper Market is the Largent House by Richard Neutra, circa 1935. While Neutra houses are thick on the ground in the Los Angeles area, there are only five in San Francisco, with a few down the peninsula and in the East Bay. We know nothing about Mr./Mrs./Ms. Largent but this was radical stuff in the middle of the Great Depression. Like so many Neutra houses, Largent is now all white, although it may well have once been unpainted cement block and redwood siding, and above his typical shifting planes is a large glass block space with later greenhouse additions. On the corner of Hopkins and Burnett and worth imagining when it was one of the few houses in the neighborhood with open views to the northeast. There is an indoor heated saltwater pool under the greenhouse skylight!