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Rising star architect redesigns one of SF’s oldest homes

Stately facade meets modern interiors in Parnassus Heights

Anna Marie Erwert Feb. 15, 2021

Built in 1918, this $2.95 million Parnassus Heights home has an iconic Edwardian exterior.

But 2 Hill Point Avenue was remodeled “down to the studs” by renowned architect Casper Mork Ulnes in 2013 to achieve a modern, open interior. At the time, Mork Ulnes wasn’t yet 40 years old, but his reputation was well established.

That year, he was selected by the Norwegian National Museum as one of “the most noteworthy young architects in Norway.” Two years later, the American Institute of Architects called Mork Ulnes one of “California’s finest emerging talents.” By 2020, he’d been recognized by both The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture and The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices award.

“This home melds historical elements with contemporary design, including custom walnut cabinetry, a restored original front door of brass and wood, original arched front windows, stairs and banister and a charming 1920’s vintage tub,” Listing agent Jenn Davis of Compass said.

Photography by: Kurt Lai

The home spans 2,665 square feet. 
The home spans 2,665 square feet. 
Interiors are light, making the most of the home's hilly outlook. 
Interiors are light, making the most of the home’s hilly outlook. 
In the kitchen, tiles play off wood and the curve of large window. 
In the kitchen, tiles play off wood and the curve of large window. 
Modern meets vintage in this, one of 3.5 bathrooms. 
Modern meets vintage in this, one of 3.5 bathrooms. 

The home features four bedrooms. There are three on the top level with views, as well as a bed and bath on the lowest level (with its own private entrance).

The home features four bedrooms. There are three on the top level with views, as well as a bed and bath on the lowest level (with its own private entrance).

Another bathroom features contrasting tiles and a step-in shower. 
Another bathroom features contrasting tiles and a step-in shower. 
The location of the home means panoramic views on every level. Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert. 
The location of the home means panoramic views on every level.Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest.
Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert. 

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