Lincoln Manor (San Francisco)

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An early advertisement for Lincoln Manor homes. Top photo shows the residence of Stephen A. Borne, Lincoln Manor developer, and the bottom photo shows the houses at the corner of 38th and Shore View Avenue. This tri-fold advertisement has been modified to view on one page.

Lincoln Manor is one of the master-planned residence parks in the western neighborhoods of San Francisco, with the others including Sea Cliff, St. Francis Wood, Presidio Terrace, West Clay Park, Forest Hill, Balboa Terrace, Ingleside Terraces, and Jordan Park.[1] Lincoln Manor is located within the Richmond District, in the Northwest portion of San Francisco. Lincoln Manor is bounded by 36th Avenue to the East, 38th Avenue to the West, Clement Street to the North, Geary Boulevard to the South, and is bisected by Shore View Avenue.[2] Its single-family generally large detached homes were developed between approximately 1914-1916 by Lyon & Hoag as a so-called "restricted residence park," built by the S.A. Born Building Company, builders of West Clay Park and Sea Cliff.[3][4] Lincoln Manor was promoted by its developers as a residence park with ocean views facing south instead of west.[5] The enclave abuts Land's End, Lincoln Park, and the Legion of Honor, and is close to Sea Cliff, the Balboa Street shopping district, and the Katherine Delmar Burke School.

As a San Francisco Chronicle article described in 2004, Lincoln Manor's "detached, stucco and wood-sided, two-story Edwardian villas with small front lawns, mix classical friezes with Arts and Crafts exposed roof rafters." A number of the model homes were designed by architect Ida McCain, who designed hundreds of homes in San Francisco in the 1910s, which made her one of the most prolific female architects from the 1910s to the 1930s.[6] McCain went on to design a handful of other homes in Lincoln Manor, including the home of prominent real estate developer Stephen A. Born, who developed Lincoln Manor and lived in the neighborhood at the corner of 38th Avenue and the alley known as "Auto Drive".[7] The San Francisco Chronicle also attributed to architect McCain the four residences starting on the corner of 38th Avenue and Shore View Avenue heading north on 38th Avenue, which originally were the residences of Frederick J. Linz, Margaret Owens, W.B. Hoag, and Stephen A. Born, respectively.[8]

Notable former residents of Lincoln Manor include:

  • George H. Casey (70 Shore View Avenue), a member of the executive board of the 1934 campaign to elect Republican Frank F. Merriam as governor, was the general manager of the Pacific Fruit Exchange.[9]
  • Quentin L. Kopp, retired judge, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, member of the California State Senate, and namesake of the Interstate 380 connector ("Quentin L. Kopp Freeway").
  • Frederick J. Linz and his wife Bernice W. Linz (88 Shore View Avenue) were two of the earliest Lincoln Manor residents when they bought their home in 1916.[10] Fred Linz was a prominent auto dealer in San Francisco. Mrs. Frederick J. Linz (as Bernice was always described in the media) was a pioneer in advocating that women drive and race "motor cars" (even comparing women's efforts to drive cars to the suffrage movement[11]); founded and was president of the California Women's Auto Association; was a frequent car racer; and was a prolific and nationally recognized writer on the topic of "motoring" on the Pacific coast.[12] In fact, Mrs. Linz was described at the time as "California’s Most Famous Woman Motorist."[13]
  • King Norman (Norman Rosenberg) and his wife, Doris Rosenberg (corner of Shore View Avenue and 37th Avenue). King hosted his own children's television program in the 1950s and 1960s and ran twenty-one toy stores across Northern California.[14][15]
  • Edith Shoemaker (17 Shore View Avenue) was a long time U.S. figure skating judge, during the 1960s and 1970s.
  • The Philippine consulate, which was located at the corner of Shore View Avenue and 37th Avenue.
  • George Whitsell, guitarist with The Rockets, who appeared on Neil Young's Tonight's the Night and On the Beach albums.


  1. ^ "Researching Residence Parks". SF West History (4 ed.). 10: 3. October 1, 2014.
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  3. ^ Commerce, San Francisco Chamber of (1915-01-01). San Francisco, the Financial, Commercial and Industrial Metropolis of the Pacific Coast: Official Records, Statistics and Encyclopedia. H.S. Crocker Company.
  4. ^ "Advertisement for Lincoln Manor by S.A. Born Building Company". San Francisco Chronicle. October 21, 1916. p. 11.
  5. ^ "Researching Residence Parks". SF West History. 10 (4): 4. October 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Weinstein, Dave. "SIGNATURE STYLE / Ida McCain / Builder of bungalows / Renegade Ida McCain brought character to hundreds of homes for the Bay Area's middle class". The Chronicle. Retrieved October 9, 2004.
  7. ^ "Builder Buys Residence in Favored Park". San Francisco Chronicle. November 23, 1916.
  8. ^ "Builder Buys Residence in Favored Park - S.A. Born Chooses Lincoln Manor for his Home After Studying Many Situations". San Francisco Chronicle. November 23, 1916.
  9. ^ Kelly, Dennis (April 1, 2015). "The Political Culture of Western Neighborhood Residence Parks, 1932-1960". SF West History. 10 (4): 12.
  10. ^ "Villas Sell Fast In Lincoln Manor". San Francisco Chronicle. November 11, 1916.
  11. ^ Linz, Mrs. Frederick (March 10, 1912). "Women Motorists Gain in Numbers". The San Francisco Call.
  12. ^ "Town Talk: The Pacific and Bay Cities' Weekly". June 22, 1918. p. 12.
  14. ^ Everett Watson, Karen (September 1, 2009). "'King Norman' navigates his way to Eskaton Village". Roseville & Granite Bay Press Tribune.
  15. ^ "Norman Rosenberg, toy-store magnate and kids show star, dies". SFGate. Retrieved 2017-01-08.

Coordinates: 37°46′50.0″N 122°29′52.2″W / 37.780556°N 122.497833°W / 37.780556; -122.497833