2820 SCOTT STREET – Spectacular 2008 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Annual Benefit for the San Francisco University High School Financial aid program

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Continuing through May 26th, the choice for this year’s annual SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE is a four-story Italianate-style Pacific Heights mansion. Located at 2820 Scott Street (between Green and Union Streets) and coming in at 16,000 square feet of living space, the home is one of San Francisco’s largest and among the most spacious of challenges to three decades of Decorator Showcase history.

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2820 Scott Street – once home to Queen Marie of Romania

The purpose of the annual event is to raise money for SAN FRANCISCO UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL. Thanks to the generosity of the patrons and the participation of designers, students, parents, faculty, trustees, alumni, friends and visitors to the Showcase, this event allows SFUHS to offer financial aid to nearly 24% of its students. Since 1977, nearly $10 million has been raised in tuition assistance. Last year the Showcase raised more than $650,000.

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ELEVATOR HALL – Before & After. Designed by Linda Horning

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CHAISE & POWDER ROOM – Navarra Design Inc. Photos, Matthew Millman

The Scott Street residence was built in 1905. It was later customized for Her Royal Majesty Marie, Queen of Romania (1875 – 1938) during her visit to The City’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The home has been fully renovated and updated for a modern lifestyle. It features a reception hall that spans the entire width of the house, a grand ballroom, a new state-of-the-art kitchen, a grand staircase accentuated with an exquisite Tiffany skylight, and an expansive rooftop terrace that overlooks San Francisco from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz and beyond.

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HOME OFFICE & BATH – Leverone Design. Photos, David Duncan Livingston

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FAMILY ROOM. Applegate Tran Interiors. Photos, Chris Stark

The home is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed on Mondays (except for Memorial Day). The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and Memorial Day. Tickets are available at the door and are $30 for general admission and $25 for seniors. Group rates are available, and must be arranged in advance by calling (415) 447-3115.

For more information, visit: SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE
Make a gift to: SF UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL

To contact the designers featured above:
LINDA HORNING at lindahorning@mac.com.
NAVARRA DESIGN INC.
LEVERONE DESIGN
APPLEGATE TRAN INTERIORS at info@applegatetran.com.

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com.

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