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Storefront on 18th Street A storefront is rescued with a Stick Eastlake renovation in San Francisco’s Castro District


  • Stick Eastlake style based on historical pattern book.
  • Storefront restructured.
  • New vertical orientation.

The restaurateur who developed this prime location in the Castro district of San Francisco had an eyesore on his hands and wanted a storefront that would attract more business. Years of piecemeal improvements had obliterated the original storefront, with chaotic and haphazard results.

The design for the new storefront was based on a Stick Style example depicted in a pattern book published in the 1880s. The entire storefront was restructured with vertical elements at regular intervals, new storefront sash and transoms, and a parapet above the original cornice line. The geometric, textured Stick Style ornamentation of the redesigned storefront reinforces the vertical orientation established by the structural bays and windows.