The SF Decorator Showcase 2010 – On View Until 5/31

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

More than two dozen interior and landscape designers have transformed an elegant Presidio Heights mansion from the inside out for the West Coast’s must-see design event of the year. The 2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase is happening at 3450 Washington (between Laurel and Walnut Streets) now through May 31st. The beautiful French Normandy-style home is located on one of the most desirable blocks in San Francisco’s Presidio Heights and features three floors of living space. Visitors are welcomed into an elegantly proportioned entry hall leading into a spacious living room and formal dining room, both with beautiful Golden Gate views. The main floor also features a paneled library, a completely remodeled kitchen and outdoor terraces with Bay views. The upper two floors in the home feature several large bedrooms and sitting rooms, including a master suite with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay and the Presidio.

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3450 Washington, San Francisco

New for 2010, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase will be open to the public until 7:00 pm on Friday evenings, and special activities are planned for guests.  Click here for more information: 2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

This year’s Showcase home was commissioned in 1929 by Elsa Guggenhime. The architect was Albert Farr and his partner Joseph Francis Ward. Albert Farr is most famously known for designing Wolf House, Jack London’s home in Glen Ellen that burned to the ground during construction in 1912.  The Washington Street home is styled after Henry IV at Place de Voges. The original façade was red brick, trimmed with stone, with a steep pitch slate roof. The front of the home is symmetrical, while the rear features turrets and dormers.

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Cecilie Starin Design Inc.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase runs through May 31, 2010.  Showcase is open Tuesdays through Sundays and Memorial Day.  Showcase is closed on Mondays except for Memorial Day.  Tickets are available at the door and are $30 for general admission; $25 for seniors. Tickets are not available in advance. Group rates available and must be arranged in advance by calling 
(415) 447-3115.  Click here for more information: 2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase or call 415-447-3115.
 

HOURS:
 Tuesdays through Sundays and Monday, Memorial Day
 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (last entry)

Thursday & Friday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (last entry)

Sunday and Memorial Day: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (last entry)
Monday: Closed (except Memorial Day)

San Francisco Decorator Showcase is a benefit for San Francisco University High School’s financial aid program. Over the past 33 years, Showcase has raised nearly $11 million and benefited hundreds of Bay Area students.

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The Charles de Lisle Workshop

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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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