Western Neighborhoods Project is dedicated to the history of San Francisco's Richmond, Sunset, OMI and West of Twin Peaks districts.   read more ...

521 Dewey Boulevard

News copy written on back of print: 'English cottage of O. C. Hansen on Dewey Boulevard near Pacheco. Design by American Face Brick Association. Veneered with Dicky Face Brick. Mason, Martin Muller.', Oct 23, 1926 - Photo by Walter A. Scott

The San Francisco Examiner, Saturday, October 23, 1926, page 9:


O.C. Hansen, manager of the local office of Frazar & Company, the importing and exporting house, had an interesting series of experiences in building his just completed home, which leads him to say, "If you want to stay out of the real estate business, don't build a home of Face Brick."

Hansen secured the plans for his face brick home from the American Face Brick Association. It is an extremely unusual and beautiful example of the English cottage, and is true to type in every particular. Hansen states that scarcely had the masons started to veneer the walls with Dickey Face Brick when he began to be deluged with requests to sell the house.

"Many of the buyers became very insistent," says Hansen, "and I could have turned the home at a very satisfactory profit, but I built it for my own needs; it met my desires ideally, and I resisted all offers, although some of them were extremely tempting."

The brick veneering was the work of Martin Muller, who skillfully blended the varying tones of the Dickey golden-brown face brick, with a result that is unusually beautiful and distinctive.

Hansen states that he was pleasantly surprised by the moderate cost of the face brick veneer, which added only about 7 per cent more to the cost of the home than it would have cost had an ordinary finish been employed.

Page launched 5 November 2008.

On the Map (click marker for larger map)
Related Content
  • 6 Haight and Masonic Streetcar Line

    From 1906 to 1948, streetcars ran from the Ferry Building to Sunset Heights. ( Jan 1, 2005)
  • Mark Daniels

    Landscape architect of the Forest Hill residence park. ( Jan 1, 2006)
  • Streetwise: Forest Hill

    Architect David Coleman designed the first completed home in Forest Hill at 266 Pacheco Street. ( Jan 1, 2006)
  • A Short History of West of Twin Peaks

    Residence parks and other neighborhoods in San Francisco's West of Twin Peaks area. ( Jan 1, 2006)
  • Homewood Terrace Orphanage

    Jewish orphanage that faced Ocean Avenue from 1921 to 1960s ( Sep 2, 2007)
  • Musical Culture in the 1930s

    Advertisements for 1930s music teachers. ( Dec 3, 2007)
  • Forest Hill 1920s footage

    Forest hill steps in the early 1920s. This newsreel footage is slightly damaged and just runs 13 seconds. (SF West History Minute Jan 8, 2008)
  • House of Stone

    In 1927, this house was the most popular destination in Forest Hill. (SF West History Minute Feb 10, 2010)
  • Laguna Honda Wall

    History of Laguna Honda Hospital's old cobblestone wall at the intersection of Laguna Honda Boulevard, Woodside Avenue, and Dewey Boulevard. (SF West History Minute Nov 29, 2010)
  • Podcast # 57: Forest Hill

    Richard Brandi talks about Forest Hill, not just a Muni streetcar station, but a historic San Francisco residence park. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 8, 2014)

Save SF History