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National Register #84001184: Chambord Apartments on Nob Hill 26 June 2010
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National Register #84001184
Chambord Apartments
1298 Sacramento Street At Jones
Built 1921

The Chambord, located near the crest of Nob Hill, is one of a number of luxury apartment houses built on Nob Hill in the decades following the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. The Chambord's extraordinary appearance distinguishes it as an architecturally significant building.

Built in 1921 with decorative balustrades, rich floral ornamentation, and classic columns, it reflects the Beaux Arts influence of its period. But it is the effect of overlaying these architectural details on a highly sculptural building form that creates the Chambord's unique image.

The Chambord has often been misattributed to Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudi.

In fact, it was designed by San Francisco architect James Francis Dunn who practiced in San Francisco for fifteen years and at one time was a member of the firm of Dunn and Kearns, known for its design of luxury apartment buildings. Dunn's designs favored the Beaux Arts style popular at that time.

San Francisco buildings attributed to Dunn include:

  • 1679-81 Haight Street
  • 625 Hyde Street
  • 1250 Pine Street
  • 798 Post Street
  • Alhambra Apartments, 860 Geary (with Kearns)

Adapted from the NRHP Nomination Form

The Chambord Apartments are also San Francisco Landmark 106.

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