Parties: The Show House

Written by Catherine Bigelow | Photography by Drew Altizer

Local luminaries in the fields of art, design, real estate and medicine gathered December 13 to celebrate the work of San Francisco artist Patrick King. Organized by his wife, Dr. Carolyn Chang, and pal Heide VanDoren Betz, the art soiree featured King’s latest series of oil paintings, Chasing Angels.

The locale, 2895 Broadway Avenue (also accessed via 2950 Pacific Avenue — yes, it’s beyond unique), is a historic Gold Coast manse. This stately, wood-shingled Dutch Colonial Revival–style residence — built in 1907 by renowned San Francisco architect Albert Farr — was designed for Edwin Newhall, a son of successful Gold Rush entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Mayo Newhall.

The home remained in the Newhall family for more than 100 years, until the 2011 death of family descendent Jane Newhall. Sotto voce, real estate whisperers note that the palatial, formerly sky-blue pad was briefly purchased in 2012 for $16 million by Zynga founder Mark Pincus.

After quietly scooping it up from Pincus, Troon Pacific CEO Gregory Malin enlisted Snøhetta architects (of SFMOMA fame) to reimagine the grand wood-paneled, light-filled home overlooking the Bay as an art collector’s paradise. Now the 12,000-square-foot, four-story legacy property plus attic is back on the market — priced at $29.5 million.

King’s paintings fit the space and soiree perfectly. The Texas native, who received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is represented by Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, still maintains his Dogpatch studio. Though gentrification has transformed that area, King says it still inspires his work: “There is beauty and color, even seasons … I love to walk and explore. There is life, and there is death. We’re all on the same clock.”

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