846 30th Avenue
846 30th Avenue - Aerial
Beautifully Updated Mediterranean Revival Three Bed, Two Bathroom, Plus Family Room Home in Coveted Central Richmond. Great Floor Plan: Formal Living and Dining Rooms, Sunny Updated Kitchen With New Appliances, Three Bedrooms, and Bathroom on Main Level. Downstairs: Large Family Room With Full Bath. Huge Garage, High Ceilings, Workshop, Extra Storage, and Laundry. Two Car Parking, Landscaped Backyard. Great Location Near Golden Gate Park, Shops Schools, and Easy Transportation. Wonderful San Francisco Home!
Acrhitectural and Historical Background
The house at 846 30th Avenue was built in 1931 at a time when the surrounding neighborhood was swiftly transforming from empty sand dunes to a suburban neighborhood of single-family homes. The famed developer Henry Doelger was active at the time, building the houses across the street, and although the builder of 846 30th Avenue is unknown, the house was certainly a product of a similar speculative building scheme. This approach was common throughout the western neighborhoods of San Francisco and involved developers buying anything from a few lots to entire blocks of real estate and building houses en masse for later sale to private owners. These houses were often “cookie cutter” in floor plan and facade arrangement, but were made unique through their varied architectural styling and ornament. Looking closely, one can see how the three-opening garage entrance, recessed and elevated side entry, and decorative bay window is repeated, house after house, along the block face.
846 30th Avenue expresses its individuality in the Classical Ionic columns that divide up its full-width garage entry opening and flank the house’s paneled garage doors. Terrazzo stairs rise to the front entrance, which is housed within a sheltering vestibule, the opening of which features a unique three-part Diocletian arch. A broad, shallowly angled bay window and its three multi-lite sashes are adorned with blind arch panels at the top and crowned by scalloped eave trim under a faceted roofline.
The first owners of 846 30th Avenue were Alfred and Bebe Ansara. They moved into the house after relocating from Detroit, Michigan, where Alfred had been employed as a macaroni salesman. It is possible that they moved for better work, since once in San Francisco, Alfred became the president and general manager of the Delray Corporation, manufacturers of fine foods. Alfred and Bebe Ansara were both born in the United States, but were of Syrian descent. They had a young son, Alfred Jr., and lived in the house into the early 1940s.
The next owners, starting in 1944, were Julius and Frederika Stieble. Both in their 60s, the couple immigrated to the United States from Germany in spring 1939 to join their adult son, who already lived in San Francisco. This move, nearly simultaneous with the start of World War II in Europe, may have been a significant one. Julius Stieble was a silk merchant, but did not have active employment in 1940, while Herbert worked as a clerk in a railroad depot store. Julius Stieble died in 1947 and Frederika continued to live at 846 30th Avenue for more than a decade longer.
George J. Rajeff was an engineer. George, of Russian decent born in Harbin, China immigrated to US in 1949, married Ilga Coepfert in 1956 and had three children, Steven, Laurie and Timothy. Ilga was a Registered Nurse specializing premature born infant care, also a trainer for Red Cross volunteers. Tim, the youngest of the three, was born in 1959, the same year the Rajeff’s moved into the house at 846-30th Avenue. George Rajeff lived at 846 -30th Avenue for over six decades. Growing up near the Golden Gate Park and the world renowned Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, Steve and Tim were inspired to become lifelong fishermen, fly casting champions, and fishing rod designers. Laurie developed her own animal grooming business.