Joseph Leonard - Cecil F. Poole House
90 Cedro Avenue at Moncada Way
This Craftsman style home was built by Joseph A. Leonard in 1911, and he lived here until 1920.
Shortly after the Earthquake and Fire, Mr. Leonard's
Urban Realty Improvement Company purchased the 150 acre
Ingleside Race Track for $2,500 an acre to
develop Ingleside Terrace, an exclusive residential enclave
removed from the urban miseries of old San Francisco.
Buyers agreed to restrictive covenants concerning land use and
building design and agreed to sell their property only to
Caucasians. Even though the United States Supreme Court struck down
racial covenants in a 1949 ruling, Ingleside Terrace remained almost
exclusively Caucasian as late as 1960 when surrounding neighborhoods
were thirty-five percent non-white.
Judge Cecil F. Poole
purchased the house at 90 Cedro and became
the first non-white property owner in Ingleside Terrace. On June 5, 1958,
a cross was burned in the front yard.
Judge Poole and his family resided in the house until 1982.