2830 PACIFIC STREET – Site of 2009 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Annual Tour benefits financial aid program of SF University High School

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The West Coast’s most prominent and emerging interior and landscape designers have converged on 2830 Pacific Avenue to transform the stately four-story Georgian mansion into the 2009 SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE – California’s premiere design showhouse. Now in its 32nd year, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase runs through Memorial Day, May 25th.

2830 Pacific Street. 1910. Nathaniel Blaisdell, Architect

2830 Pacific Street. 1910. Nathaniel Blaisdell, Architect

The elegant and formal Georgian mansion at 2830 Pacific was originally designed and built in 1910 by San Francisco architect Nathaniel Blaisdell. The four-story mansion sits on one of the largest lots on the 2800 block of Pacific between Divisadero and Broderick, adjacent to Raycliff Terrace. The main level’s spacious public areas include an elegant parlour, living room, large family kitchen and a formal dining room leading out to a landscaped garden terrace. The second level includes five bedrooms and a formal library. The penthouse level features a stunning wrap-around terrace with panoramic Bay views.

The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is the West Coast’s premiere design showhouse event, featuring the work of the region’s top designers. The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is a benefit for San Francisco University High School’s financial aid program. Over the past 32 years, Showcase has raised more than $10 million and benefited hundreds of Bay Area students.

THURSDAY EVENING BOOK SIGNING SERIES:

New this year, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase presents the Thursday Evening Book Signing Series during the Showcase run at 5:30 pm. The series features the Bay Area’s most prominent designers and artists signing books about their work. Click on the title to order on-line:

Thursday, May 7th: John Wheatman signing two of his books, A Good House Is Never Done and Meditations on Design: Reinventing Your Home With Style and Simplicity.

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Thursday, May 14th: Zahid Sardar signing NEW GARDEN DESIGN: Inspiring Private Paradises, by Zahid Sardar; photographs by Marion Brenner.

Thursday, May 21st: Squeak Carnwath signing Squeak Carnwath: Painting Is No Ordinary Object the exhibition essay by curator Karen Tsujimoto and art critic and poet John Yau.

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The home is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed on Mondays (except for Memorial Day). The hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; Thursdays from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; and Sundays and Memorial Day from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. 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. For more information, visit 2009 DESIGNER SHOWCASE.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, 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. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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