Abner Phelps House

1111 Oak St., San Francisco, California

Gothic Revival house built in 1850


Abner Phelps House

Photo HABS/HAER, courtesy Library of Congress




"Significance: Represents an exotic intrusion into the simple early traditions of the city and is often referred to as the oldest frame house in San Francisco. Its Louisiana oriented (and it came from the area originally) form provide a rare instance of the central halled house with important veranda and second story balcony, all raised on a high foundation in the manner of the Acadian and Louisiana cottages of the 18th and early 19th century. The addition of fashion oriented slender Tuscan columns or pillars on the first main floor (Classical Revival) and a barge or verge board on the second (Gothic Revival) suggests the desire to produce a vernacular Louisiana house with contemporary ornamental touches." - Survey number: HABS CA-1904

San Francisco designated landmark No.32

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 23, 1979
Reference number
NR name
Phelps, Abner, House
Architectural styles
Colonial; Other architectural type; Southern Colonial
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant years
1850; 1851

Update Log 

  • April 20, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • April 3, 2019: New photos from Richard Doody