2475 Pacific Avenue Between Fillmore and Steiner
Scholars disagree on the exact provenance of the Captain Leal House, but it
is certainly one of the oldest residences in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of Pacific Heights.
The structure was originally the main house for a dairy farm and may have been
built as early as 1853.
Captain Leale, a ferry boat captain, bought the house in 1883, and either he or
the previous owner remodeled the facade with a false front in the popular Italianate
style. In the back garden, the Captain built a little study, nautically furnished and fitted
to resemble a pilot house.
The building in the background is a residential co-op at the intersection of Jackson and Steiner
Streets known in progressive political circles as "Susie's Building."
Bill and Hillary have been here. Pelosi and Feinstein and Boxer have been here. President
Obama has been here when he was a just a Senator. According to Sam Whiting, writing
San Francisco Chronicle on 3 June 2007, "...this elegant 1920s tower that stands alone over Alta
Plaza Park like a white pencil over green paper. The eraser at the top is a red-tile roof. The point at
the bottom is for writing checks to Democratic candidates."