AKA: 2615 California Street House, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Reid Brothers, Architects (firm); James William Reid (architect); Merritt Jonathan Reid (architect)

Dates: constructed 1894

2615 California Street
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115

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Building History

Minnie Selfridge (born 12/1850 in NY), and her husband, Edward A. (born 12/1844 in MA), president of an iron and steel company, commissioned a group of six houses at 2601-2611 California Street from the Reid Brothers in 1894. While the Reids planned the houses in 1894, it is not clear that all or some were erected before 1900. The US Census of 1900 indicated that the Selfridges and four of their children (they had six) lived at 2615 California Street, but no others resided at 2601-2611. What seems most likely is that the Selfridges built four houses of the planned six, at 2611, 2609, 2607 and 2605 California Street between 1900-1910 on speculation. The US Census of 1910 recorded inhabitants at each address. By 1920, Minnie had died, but Edward, now 75, continued to reside at 2615 California Street. He rented out part of his house to Axel and Ellen Avidson and rooms to three more young male lodgers all in their 20s. Others occupied the other nearby addresses, 2611, 2609, 2607 and 2605; three of the houses, all but 2605, were used as boarding houses.

PCAD id: 15734