Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Polk, Willis, Architect (firm); Willis Jefferson Polk (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

1105 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94108-1915

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This home was built for civil leader William B. Bourt, II.

The mining magnate, William B. Bourn, Sr., had this house erected before 1874, the year of his death by suicide. (Bourn derived a great deal of his wealth from the Empire Mine, a hard-rock gold mine near Grass Valley, CA.) Bourn's death caused a sensation in San Francisco at the time, and the story was printed in papers as far east as New York City. Bourn, at the time of his death, the New York Times indicated, left a fortune of between $500,000-2,000,000. At this time, the Bourn Family consisted of William Sr., his wife, a son, William, Jr, then 21, and three daughters. His wife and daughters were away at the vacation home in between Vallejo, CA and Napa, CA.

National Register of Historic Places (August 28, 1975): 75000479 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 9690