|Location||1990 California St., San Francisco, California|
|Area||0.2 acres (0.081 ha)|
|Architectural style||Stick/eastlake, Queen Anne|
|NRHP reference #||79000527|
|Added to NRHP||January 31, 1979|
The house was built in 1881-1882 and in the Queen Anne architecture style with horizontal lines, a clipped gable. and a short tower. It was constructed for Dominga de Goñi Atherton, after the death of her husband Faxon Dean Atherton. She was the mother-in-law of novelist Gertrude Atherton, who wrote about the house in her memoirs. The architect is suspected of being John Marquis. It has also been reported that the Moore Brothers designed it, though other accounts indicate that Moore Brothers were the initial builders. Newspaper articles about the house when the housewarming was held in 1882 described it as picturesque, but appearing to be a relic of an earlier time. The reporter also noted that the height of the rooms created a claustrophobic effect on visitors. Possibly in answer to the comments, Dominga hired Charles Lee Tilden to improve the house.
The style of the house has been described as both "eclectic" and "bizarre".