C. A. Belden House

The C. A. Belden House is a historic building in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California, United States. It was designed by Walter J. Mathews in the Queen Anne style[2][3] and completed in 1889.

C. A. Belden House
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C. A. Belden House is located in California
C. A. Belden House
C. A. Belden House is located in the United States
C. A. Belden House
Location2004-2010 Gough St., San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°47′29″N 122°25′28″W / 37.79139°N 122.42444°W / 37.79139; -122.42444Coordinates: 37°47′29″N 122°25′28″W / 37.79139°N 122.42444°W / 37.79139; -122.42444
Area0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built1889 (1889)
ArchitectWalter J. Mathews
Architectural styleQueen Anne
NRHP reference No.83001229[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 11, 1983


The house is on Gough Street, facing Lafayette Park. Designed by Walter J. Mathews, a prominent Bay Area architect, it is unusual in San Francisco in being purely Queen Anne in style.[4] It is three stories tall, with a steeply pitched gable roof and two corner turrets with conical roofs; the turrets and the first floor have fish-scale shingles, while the remainder of the house is clad in horizontal siding.[4] The main facade, facing the park, is decorated with carved and plaster areas that have been compared to "patterns appliqued on a Victorian sampler":[5] the pediment under the gable is richly carved, two sunbursts flank a pair of windows on the third floor, and below an arched window porch on the second floor is a panel with a grinning mythological beast.[4] The house's style has been characterized as "[a] full flowering of Queen Anne exuberance".[6]


It was built on the lot at number 2004 in 1889 for Charles A. Belden, treasurer of an importing company, whose family lived there until 1900. In 1907 it was purchased by John A. Buck, who had the house at 2010 Gough Street demolished. The Bucks lived there until 1933, after which time it became a home for elderly women. In 1961 the Bucks sold the building to the Hudec Trust; in 1967 it was bought by John Fell Stevenson, a son of Adlai Stevenson II, and his wife, who lived there until 1973. The Bucks added decorative ironwork, and later altered the interior somewhat for retirement home use, including partitioning the third floor, which had originally been an open servants' dormitory and children's play area; the Stevensons made further interior changes.[4] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 11, 1983, at which time its owners were restoring it.[4]


In June 2020, LaFace Skincare CEO Lisa Alexander and a friend Robert Larkin of Raymond James Financial made national news, after a video showing them confronting James Juanillo, who refused to answer on video whether or not he is an owner or renter of the property [7] is one of several renters of the C. A. Belden House. They were accusing him of defacing private property and calling non emergency precinct number for concerns of vandalism by stencilling a Black Lives Matter chalk message on the property front retaining wall, went viral.[8] The incident described above did happen - but not at/in front of this property.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Belden, C.A., House, San Francisco, CA". PCAD. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  3. ^ Peter Booth Wiley (2000). National Trust Guide: San Francisco. New York: Wiley. p. 272. ISBN 9780471191209.
  4. ^ a b c d e "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: C. A. Belden House". United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service. February 3, 1983.
  5. ^ Sally B. Woodbridge (2005). San Francisco Architecture: An Illustrated Guide to the Outstanding Buildings, Public Artworks, and Parks in the Bay Area of California. Berkeley: Ten Speed. p. 145. ISBN 978-1-58008-674-5.
  6. ^ Roger Olmsted; T. H. Watkins; Junior League of San Francisco (1968). Here Today: San Francisco's Architectural Heritage. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. p. 269. OCLC 452042.
  7. ^ Ting, Eric; SFGATE (2020-06-13). "Viral video: White couple confronts SF man for chalking 'Black Lives Matter' on his own property". SFGate. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  8. ^ Grindell, Samantha (June 15, 2020). "A white couple called the police on a man for stenciling 'Black Lives Matter' in chalk on his own property". Insider. Retrieved June 15, 2020.

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