There is a drawing in the main foyer at 428 Capp St. The undated drawing is of a stately, three-story mansion. This building, it says, is 428 Capp St., built for San Francisco contractor A.H. Wilhelm in 1875. At that time, Capp Street was the latest home for San Francisco’s elite. Similar mansions lined the road on both sides.
August Wilhelm’s direct descendants lived at 428 Capp St. until 2006. By then, the dwelling — and Capp Street itself — looked nothing like the image in the antique drawing. Three years later, the “compound,” which includes a 1,000 square-foot carriage house, is for sale again, listed at $1.29 million by the Zephyr team of Nicki Randolph and Jackie Cuneo.
Like so much of San Francisco, the house was damaged in the 1906 earthquake and fire. Rather than demolish the whole building, the Wilhelms adapted the existing structure. Cuneo, who has done research into the home’s origins, says that the original basement is now the home’s first floor.
The “new” home was done in Arts & Crafts style and featured in Sunset Magazine in July 1907 as the first permanent home built after the earthquake.
428 Capp St.
Where: San Francisco
Asking price: $1,295,000
Property tax: $15,022*
The property: Arts & Crafts home with four bedrooms and a 1,000-square-foot detached carriage house
Notable: The “Wilhelm Cottage” is reported to be the first permanent house built after the 1906 earthquake.
Agent: Nicki Randolph and Jackie Cuneo, Zephyr Real Estate, (415) 215-9451 (Randolph), (415) 948-5390 (Cuneo)