Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

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

Dates: constructed 1895-1897

3 stories

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1735 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109

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The Reid Brothers designed a three-story Chateauesque mansion for one of their best clients, the sugar king, Claus Spreckels, in 1897. According to the Crocker-Langley San Francisco Directory of 1899, he resided in a residence on the southwest corner of Van Ness Avenue and Clay Street. (See Crocker-Langley San Francisco Directory, 1899,p. 1618.) Spreckels resided here until his death in 1908.

Building History

Millionaire Claus Spreckels (1828-1908), born in Lamstedt, Hanover, Germany, owned the largest sugar refining company in CA, the Spreckels Sugar Company, during the last quarter of the 19th century. He also had extensive real estate holdings in CA and the HI, and interests in railroads (the Pajaro Valley Railroad Company and the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railway), newspapers (the San Francisco Calland the Pacific Commercial Advertiser [Honolulu] ) and shipping lines (Matson Lines).


The Claus Spreckels House #2 burned in the fire following the Great Earthquake of 1906, but was rebuilt.


PCAD id: 15741