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Interior Design and Architecture Students Bring Expertise to the 2006 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

The School of Interior Design and Architecture cordially invites you to visit the 2006 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. This year's house is located at 3701 Washington St. in Presidio Heights. While the Showcase traditionally features the many talented professional designers who are lending their talents to the project, this year the Showcase has extended its reach to include a group of the Academy's best interior design students...

 
The students

Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday,
Friday and Saturday:
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday:
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday: CLOSED

OPEN THROUGH
MAY 29th, 2006.


Admission:
General - $ 30.00;
Seniors - $ 20.00



The School of Interior Design and Architecture cordially invites you to visit the 2006 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. This year's house is located at 3701 Washington St. in Presidio Heights. While the Showcase traditionally features the many talented professional designers who are lending their talents to the project, this year the Showcase has extended its reach to include a group of the Academy's best interior design students.

This year, three Academy of Art University students of the School of Interior Architecture and Design, under the supervision of Director Nan Rosenblatt, were given the assignment of updating one of the three rooms slated for revision on the ground floor.


The room is called the Creative Retreat, and sits between the Wine Cellar and Gardens -- a perfect room for the imaginative designer! Students Megan Luchini, Makiko Macharg, and Rodrigo Toquetao put a great deal of energy into re-envisioning this room, and their work shows. The designers combined the craft center and laundry room into a oasis where one can explore the mind and seek refuse from the stress of daily life. Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, is the inspiration for the space. The room "unfolds" to create a multi-faceted workspace, while the new massage room and tea bar allow for relaxing treatments in the home. The room is the designers' response to life's many needs -- a place to stimulate the mind and to refresh the body.

About This Year's House
This year's Showcase house is an impressive French Renaissance revival mansion at 3701 Washington Street, which has been tranformed from within by the imagination of an array of designers and craftsmen. The house was built in 1902, for a civil and mining engineer named John E. Mason. The architects were Samuel Newsom and his son, Sidney. In 1927, new owner George Wagner completely renovated the house under the supervision of John Bakewell and Ernest Weihe. Its facade has not been altered since 1928. The design incorporates many elements of a style sometimes referred to as French Renaissance Revival, or Chateau, illustrated in this house by the smooth, light-colored masonry exterior walls, with corner detains called quoins, the tall French doors with scrolled metal balustrades, the graceful curving interior staircase and the oval skylight above it, the decorative floral garlands and brackets ornamenting the main entry, and the distinctive steep four-sided mansard roof.


An interior of the room before the students began the redecoration project.

The current owners acquired the house in November of 2005. Since January of this year, the house has been remodeled to accomodate the needs of 21st century occupants, with case to preserve its architectural elements. The grand circular staircase has been continued up to the third floor, where the formerly tiny servants' quarters have been tranformed into spacious rooms for the whole family. The space of the former dining room is now a family room, an extension of the new state-of-the-art kitchen, and the paneled library has been converted into a dining room. A new garage connects to the house via an underground passageway, and the former stables/garage outbuilding has been reborn as a guest house, surrounded by gardens. Despite the updating, the classic and gracious dignity of the house remains unchanged, and will be appreciated by all who experience it during the 2006 Decorator Showcase.


An interior of the room before the students began the redecoration project.

About The Decorator's Showcase
Keep in mind that all proceeds from this event are dedicated to financial assistance for students at University High School. Every year, at least 20% of the student body receives some form of financial aid, and the money raised through Decorator Showcase goes a long way to providing these funds. If you are interested, you may also visit the silent auction, located in the carriage house. You will find vacation homes, wines, gift certificates for restaurants and services, and more.

For more information on our Interior Architecture & Design program, please visit our Interior Architecture & Design School pages.

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