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Flood Mansion: 1940

Flood Mansion: 1940

        James Clair Flood Mansion (now Pacific Union Club), 1000 California Street, San Francisco. Built 1885-86; Augustus Laver, architect. Reputed cost of about $1 million. Flood died 1889; Mrs. Flood, 1897. Descendants occupied until fire of 1906 gutted interior. Acquired by Pacific Union Club about 1909 and remodeled by Willis Polk in 1910. New England brownstone shell (said to be first brownstone west of Mississippi); Italianate ornamental details. Fence of bronze by W.T. Garratt, at cost estimated from $30,000 to $60,000. Only Nob Hill house to survive fire. —HABS, 1940

March 1940. The Flood Mansion in San Francisco, last seen here after being gutted by fire following the 1906 earthquake, 108 years ago today. Photo by A.J. Wittlock for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

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Re: Curious

I believe that the interior of the Flood Mansion was used as the location of Gavin Elster's club where he and Scottie have a private chat.

[The exterior was used, but the interior was a studio set. -tterrace]

Portland Brownstone

The brownstone used to construct the Flood Mansion was shipped around Cape Horn from quarries in Portland, Connecticut. This is the same stone used for the "Brownstones" in New York City. Both the mansion and the quarries have been designated National Historic Landmarks.

Woolen facade

The neatly trimmed ivy looks like a wool sock pulled up over the house for winter. Also, what's with those awful windows patched into the third floor. How uncouth!


Was this house used for some of Hitchcock movie 'Vertigo'?

[No, Vertigo's "McKittrick Hotel" was the wooden Fortmann Mansion at 1007 Gough St., demolished in 1959. -tterrace]

Thank you, tterrace, wasn't sure, didn't seem so, but thought that it was just my mis-remembering the movie.

I wonder what happened

This young man is missing


“I will build you a house of marble on a hill of granite”
-James Leary Flood

A closer look at the spectacular Flood Mansion.


And in living color.

Watering the Lawn

I assume there is someone standing behind that corner pillar watering the grass or else there is one be leak somewhere.

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