1898, Say Hello to 2019
This cottage was built in 1898. Can you even imagine what was going on in the 1890s when this adorable cottage was built?
Just for a frame of reference, think ragtime music, player pianos, initiation of air-flight, the beginning of the suffragette movement and the first Sherlock Holmes story being published.
Here is a photo of Ross Alley, in San Francisco’s Chinatown, that is from 1898—the same year this Noe Valley cottage was built.
And, here are some lovely ladies at the beach in 1895 to give you a feel for the latest in clothing.
We didn’t really have much of a budget to make any significant changes. Just a bit of decluttering, paint and some new light fixtures. But, check out the upcoming pics for some recent before and afters of this adorable SF cottage.
There was no budget to paint the exterior of the house, so we just painted the door a perky, inviting yellow to welcome potential buyers into the home.
And a few other “after” shots of the cottage…
We actually wanted to have these shelves removed as they stole precious square-footage and created a big clutter-collector. But, at some point, someone had added new floors around the bookcases so we couldn’t remove them without redoing the floors. Oh well.
Oh, and one last detail. Check out the built-in light, clock and salt and pepper shaker on the 1950s Occidental stove. I am sure it was the height of modernity at the time! What will someone say or think in 70 more years about our stoves of today?