Last November marked the debut of the first Siweb Showhouse in St. Francis Wood, a historic but little-known neighborhood on the outskirts of San Francisco that was originally laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., son of the legendary landscape architect and urban planner. We invited 10 of the Bay Area's top designers—as well as a renowned garden design team—to turn a classic 1920s Mediterranean-style home into a showcase for contemporary style, up-to-the-minute technology, and sustainable living. With the help of Regina Callan of RBR Development and architect Mark English, the house was outfitted with such green features as solar panels and energy-efficient water heaters, while retaining the structure's integrity, graceful proportions, and historic charm.
The designers brilliantly lived up to the challenge of creating a home for a cosmopolitan, world-traveling, art-collecting family. The resulting spaces include a light-suffused breakfast room, a seductive library/bar, an expansive family and media room, and a shady garden retreat for outdoor living. This inspiring dream home was open to the public for three weekends and benefited a good cause—all the proceeds from ticket sales went to the Junior League of San Francisco.