San Francisco’s Payne Mansion to Become a Boutique Hotel

San Francisco, California
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Located at 1409 Sutter Street in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco, the historic Payne Mansion is revered as one of the city’s rare pre-1906 Victorian homes. (The notorious 1906 earthquake and fire decimated much of San Francisco’s architectural heritage.) Recognized on the National Registry of Historic Places, the 13-bedroom mansion was built in 1881 by horticulturalist Theodore Payne, under the auspices of Irish architect William F. Curlett. 

And now this city landmark will get a new lease of life. According to Fortune magazine, the property—previously San Francisco's most expensive Airbnb rental at $10,000 a night—is being transformed into a boutique hotel. The Mansion on Sutter, as it will be known, is set to debut this autumn, complete with a French restaurant called “1881” (named for the year the mansion was built). There will also be a speakeasy bar.

You can see more of the property in the video below, which is available on the property's still-unfinished website.

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The restaurant will be overseen by chef Jean-Paul Peluffo, previously at Le Colonial, a French-Vietnamese restaurant that’s an institution in San Francisco. The hotel design has been entrusted to San Francisco designer Timothy Quillen, who is adding Victorian and Art Nouveau touches.

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, “the property languished on the market for the last few years, its price fluctuating between $12 million and $13.9 million.” Earlier this year it was acquired by hospitality and restaurant entrepreneur Bernard Rosenson, who owns properties across the state of California.

Although the property’s website is still under development, it promises “an exclusive hotel and restaurant bringing to life a world of elegance and our signature ‘je ne sais quoi’.”

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