Clunie House Renovation Front Elevation Render DNM Architecture

Location: Fillmore neighborhood, San Francisco
Program: Renovation of Historic Mansion Into Multi-Unit Living
Images: Rendered

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The Clunie House

Located at 301 Lyon Street bordering Panhandle Park and near the entrance to Golden Gate Park, the historic landmark Clunie House was designed by famed architect William Curlett in 1897.

Granted Historic Landmark status in 1981, the building has a very storied 125-year history: originally built as a single-family home at the end of the 19th century, it was converted to five units in the 1950s, turned into 12 units in the 1960s, and then back into a single-family home in the 1970s. In 1983, the house was entitled as a 12-room Bed & Breakfast, and according to records, the last time the building was altered was under the ownership of Westmont College at the turn of the 21st century, used for student housing.

Los Angeles based housing management company and developer, Tripalink, purchased the building in 2021 and enlisted DNM Architecture to give the historic landmark building a badly needed refresher and a new purpose. The new design plans call for an extensive refreshing and restoration of the exterior, including removal of an unsightly fire escape, and a total reformatting of the interior into three separate luxury condominiums. Each planned unit encompasses two floors of living in clean, unapologetically contemporary spaces that reflect current tastes and lifestyles of the area with generous, modern kitchens and baths. Units will average 2,300 square feet and provide 10 bedrooms total across the three dwellings. Finally, the building will be brought up to current California and San Francisco codes with energy systems and infrastructure upgrades. The ideal homeowners are families seeking convenient city living in modern luxury.

“Converting a historic landmark building is a challenge and a thrill,” says DNM Principal, David Marlatt, AIA. “Our vision is to faithfully restore the iconic exterior for the neighborhood while completely modernizing the interiors for future families to live comfortably in such a fantastic location.”