Nobby Clarke Mansion

San Francisco

Built in 1892 by an attorney who wanted sunnier weather than swanky Nob Hill afforded, this gorgeous Queen Anne mansion went uninhabited after its construction: Snob Hill socialites dubbed the house 'Nobby Clarke's Folly' and his wife refused to move in. It served briefly as a hospital; now it's apartments.

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