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Few know that the colorful Art Deco entrance to San Francisco's Sutro Baths was a bit of “Brighton-by-the-Sea,” brought here by a British gentleman named Harold G. Stoner. Thousands more flocked to the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939 to see its most popular attraction, Sally Rand’s Nude Ranch, which was also designed by this quiet family man, along with the medieval mountaintop mansion for Adolph G. Sutro. These landmarks of the City’s history are gone, but Stoner’s architectural artistry endures in the hundreds of homes he designed in San Francisco’s Balboa Terrace, Forest Hill, Monterey Heights, Sea Cliff, St. Francis Wood, West Portal, Ingleside Terraces and Lakeside neighborhoods, along with more in the Bay Area and beyond. Now for the first time, the interiors of these charming homes can be seen among the 400 photographs and archival images featured in this comprehensive survey of the beautiful works created by Harold G. Stoner. Discover the surprising story of how this talented Englishman was not only associated with some of the Bay Area’s most historic events, places, and figures, but was responsible for creating some of its most charming architecture, including four "San Francisco Chronicle" model homes toured by thousands in the 1920s. His artistic designs graced the covers of Walter Dixon’s "Home Designer Magazine" and were featured on the Golden Gate International Exposition Model Home Tour in 1939. A master of Period Revival designs, including what we now call Storybook style, he excelled at all phases of the Bay Area architectural tradition, from collaboration with noted landscape architect Thomas Church, to creating what renown architectural historian David Gebhard lauded as “one of the country’s most elegant Art Deco designs.” Harold G. Stoner’s British architectural philosophy and artistic talent has given the Bay Area a unique and timeless legacy that enriches the architectural character of some of its most beautiful neighborhoods.


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Jacqueline Proctor
JProctor San Francisco, CA

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