John Dickinson & The Firehouse

In 1963, when John Dickinson purchased and renovated a dilapidated municipal firehouse building on Washington Street in Pacific Heights, he created one of the most enigmatic and important interiors in 20th C. America.

Building on the myth of the 1906 Earthquake, the primal origin story of modern San Francisco, Dickinson turned the region’s existing historicist and Victorian design aesthetic on its head and created a cultural power site. His avant-garde solutions to the region’s unstable material culture would extend to Wine Country, as elites consolidated their identities by building out Sonoma and Napa.

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John Dickinson & The Firehouse

John Dickinson & The Firehouse

In 1963, when John Dickinson purchased and renovated a dilapidated municipal firehouse building on Washington Street in Pacific Heights, he created one of the most enigmatic and important interiors in 20th C. America.

Building on the myth of the 1906 Earthquake, the primal origin story of modern San Francisco, Dickinson turned the region’s existing historicist and Victorian design aesthetic on its head and created a cultural power site. His avant-garde solutions to the region’s unstable material culture would extend to Wine Country, as elites consolidated their identities by building out Sonoma and Napa.

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