Gables and Fables: A Portrait of San Francisco's Pacific Heights

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Cultural Writing. Architecture. Design. Charming and deeply informed, part historical detective work and part gossip column. This storied tour of 110 of Pacific Heights' grand old edifices offers an architectural and social history of one of San Francisco's most fabled neighborhoods. "...Welcome this engaging book as a personal invitation to step inside, meet the architects and the residents, learn the family secrets, and take away a new appreciation of the city's architecture and cultural traditions" — Richard ...

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Cultural Writing. Architecture. Design. Charming and deeply informed, part historical detective work and part gossip column. This storied tour of 110 of Pacific Heights' grand old edifices offers an architectural and social history of one of San Francisco's most fabled neighborhoods. "...Welcome this engaging book as a personal invitation to step inside, meet the architects and the residents, learn the family secrets, and take away a new appreciation of the city's architecture and cultural traditions" — Richard Reinhart.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781597140560
  • Publisher: Heyday Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,519,354
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    Gables & Fables - a San Francisco must-read

    If you love San Francisco and its neighborhoods as well as period homes and structures, Gables and Fables is an outstanding entry to the list of fine books documenting Pacific Heights. This book offers a compilation of articles written with a light, engaging style reminiscent of your favorite tour guide. Pick it up, read a few vignettes and set it down satisfied by an insiders' tour of some of the neighborhood's fascinating homes. Anne and Arthur Bloomfield captured the essence of San Francisco and its unique flavor that includes the stories and secrets behind the doors. The accompanying illustrations by Kit Haskell offer superb views of each subject. Sketched with care and an eye for architectural detail and flair, the artist captures the essence of the homes, buildings and architectural gems. An Illustration precedes every structure described by the authors, highlighting the topic and bringing it to life. Each section includes a hand-drawn map. Put on your own home tour for visiting friends and show off your knowledge of the city. This book ranks high on my list of must haves for San Francisco aficionados.

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