This 1892 Victorian was the home of Matthew Kavanaugh, the builder of San Francisco’s famous “Painted Ladies” on Postcard Row in historic Alamo Square. Kavanaugh (also spelled Kavanagh) constructed his own home first, followed by the six houses uphill — together they are also known as “The Seven Sisters”.
Kavanaugh lived there until the turn of the century with his wife Catherine. In 1900, the family of Fred Klopper, a leather dealer, moved in and lived there until 1922. Over the next fifty years, the house would change hands about ten times.
In 1975, the house was slated for demolition to make room for a parking lot. It was saved from this fate by Michael Shannon and his partner, Dr. James Vogeney. They rejuvenated the house, replacing wiring, water, and gas lines, installing a new heating system, and reinforcing the foundation. The house was also furnished with a mix of antique and contemporary furnishings, and was frequently used for events, tours, and movies.
In 2014, a new family moved in, and began to restore and update the house for modern-day living — while honoring its deep history. Gas chandeliers reside seamlessly with a modern gourmet kitchen, while the latest home technologies blend into exquisite architectural detailing and stained glass windows.
This site tells the story of that journey to create a unique mix of “Modern Victorian”.