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24th and Mariposa

February 2, 2010
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By Wayne Thiebaud (via Spots Unknown, via goldenfiddlr, as well as brittneyg).

And yes, I just spent 5 minutes looking for potential matches on either 24th or Mariposa in Google Earth and Street View.  Seriously people, get on it — that house and building look familiar.

I did find this house designed by Escher where 24th is interrupted at De Haro.

WTF is up with that window?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan permalink
    February 3, 2010 2:29 am

    I used to pass that house while walking my dog. I liked to imagine that it’s actually a fake facade built around and on top of one of those teeny humdrum typical bernal houses from the 20s (sic?). So, if you opened the front door of that thing, there’d be another tiny house inside where the people actually lived.

  2. friscolex permalink
    February 3, 2010 4:29 pm

    I’d always thought that Thiebaud’s works were inspired by SF streets, but not realistic depictions of them. There’s one hanging in my father’s office (um, a poster of one!) that I SWORE was Dolores St but really just was very strongly in that style. Art historians, any thoughts?

  3. Alicia permalink
    February 3, 2010 11:02 pm

    I bet that window is in a stairwell. It would match the angle of the stairs.

  4. Toomas permalink
    February 4, 2010 5:00 pm

    Mariposa and 24th run parallel and are about 8 blocks apart.

    • February 4, 2010 5:08 pm

      Yup, thus the ‘or’. Just trying to noodle out where the very familiar elements were taken from.

  5. February 5, 2010 5:16 pm

    My understanding is that friscolex is right. Wayne Thiebaud is my neighbor, or at least he owns the house next to me. In the years I’ve lived there, though, he’s been there like once

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