2220 Sacramento Street Between Laguna and Buchanan
This house was perhaps built for Richard Craig Chambers who perhaps made his fortune in the
silver mines of Utah before moving to San Francisco in 1887. Although many web pages refer to Chambers as
"Utah State Senator," Utah did not become a state until 1897, ten years after the Chambers
Mansion was built. I failed to locate reliable facts about Chambers, not even on Mormon genealogy websites
which should certainly have a record of all Utah Senators, even Utah Territorial Senators in the good of
days of divinely and legally sanctioned plural marriage.
Lacking facts, let's move on to the colorful stuff.
According to an urban legend reported by many bloggers as well as
Heather Knight in the 26 October 2001 edition of the Sam Francisco Chronicle, Chambers lived here with two
nieces who hated each other. When he died in 1901, they inherited the property. The legend says that one sister built a house next
door and moved into it, although the neighboring Queen and Slack Houses were built ptior to 1901.
The other sister remained in the Chambers Mansion and met a grisly and mysterious end. She was found cut almost in half.
Her relatives maintained that she had suffered a "farm implementation [sic] accident," but others suspected that she
was murdered by an insane family member who had escaped from conefinement in the attic.