Architects pass home around 

When the architect of the historic Baker-Hamilton building decided to construct his own home in 1902, he eschewed cheap lots. Instead, Albert Sutton spent tens of thousands of dollars on a southwest-facing lot at the corner of Vallejo and Divisadero streets, atop a rise.

Eight decades later, the resulting brick structure at 2663 Divisadero St. and its impressive interiors and vistas attracted another architect. Darryl Roberson, a founding partner of San Francisco’s Studios Architecture and a prominent figure in modern commercial building design, and his wife, Karolyn, are now selling the home.

"We’ve done extensive interior and structural renovations. It’s an English house with Dutch influences," Roberson said. "We’re really on the crest of the hill. Every single room has a wall-to-wall view, so it’s quite amazing."

The family did extensive renovations on the home, re-creating the original English-style details, modernizing it and improving seismic safety. While Sutton worked on Pacific Heights homes, Roberson works on offices. He did the master plan and design of Foundry Square, a 1.6 million-square-foot project at 199 First St. scheduled for completion this autumn. He also designed the proposed seismic retrofit and renovation of the California Memorial Stadium at the University of California at Berkeley, which made headlines this month when nude activists protested the felling of oak trees for the work.

He has worked on interior projects for the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, which are the world’s tallest twin towers, according to his Web site. Other work included rehabilitation of Bank of America’s "Union 76" clock tower in The City and office designs for companies such as Charles Schwab Inc. (SCHW), Clorox Co. (CLX), Morgan Stanley (MS) and numerous law firms.

WHERE: San Francisco

ASKING PRICE: $11 million

PROPERTY TAX: $143,000*

WHAT: 5 bedrooms, 5½ baths, approximately 8,000 square feet

AMENITIES: Plentiful Golden Gate views , formal dining room, music room/library, media/family room, two balconies, granite kitchen countertops, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, decorative moldings, brick façade.

AGENT: Janet Feinberg Shindler, Sotheby’s International Realty, 415-296-2211,

* Estimates based on 1.3% of asking price

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