Spreckels Mansion

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The Spreckels Mansion may refer to a mansion in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood, or to a historic beachfront mansion in Coronado, California.


The San Francisco mansion is located at 2080 Washington street in San Francisco. It is currently the home of romance novelist Danielle Steel.

The Coronado mansion is located at 1043 Ocean Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118.


The San Francisco mansion was designed by George A. Applegarth, for Adolph B. Spreckels an heir to the Spreckels Sugar Company fortune, and Alma de Bretteville Spreckels.

The Coronado mansion was designed by architect Harrison Albright and built for John D. Spreckels (1853-1926), an heir to the Spreckels Sugar Company fortune, in 1907.[1]

July 2011 double deaths at the Coronado Spreckels Mansion[edit]

In 2011, The Coronado mansion was owned by millionaire Jonah Shacknai, CEO of Medicis Pharmaceutical.

On July 11, Shacknai's 6-year-old son Max was at home in the care of Shackni’s live-in girlfriend, 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau. While Zahau was otherwise occupied, Max took a fall over a second floor staircase banister.[2] Max died in hospital the morning of July 16.

Sometime in the overnight hours of July 12-13, while Max’s parents were sitting vigil at his bedside in the hospital, Rebecca Zahau appeared to have committed suicide at the mansion. Zahau’s family disagreed with the Sherriff Department’s weeks of forensic analysis and conclusion that Zahau’s death was a suicide. They filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jonah Shacknai's brother Adam, who had come into town to support the family.[3] In April 2018, the jury in a civil trial deemed Adam Shacknai responsible for Zahau's death and granted her family a $5.2 million judgment for loss of love and companionship and financial support. [4][5]


  1. ^ "History of the Inn - Coronado Island - Glorietta Bay Inn". Glorieetabayinn.com. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Girlfriend, son die days apart at tycoon's Calif. mansion", CBS News, 2011-07-16, retrieved 2011-09-09
  3. ^ Welch, William M.; Leger, Donna Leinwand (2011-09-02), "Coronado mansion death called suicide; family objects", USA Today, retrieved 2011-09-09
  4. ^ Anglen, Robert. "Jury finds Adam Shacknai responsible for Rebecca Zahau's hanging death". AZ Central. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  5. ^ Associated Press. "Civil jury says man responsible for woman's 2011 death at California mansion". CBS News. Retrieved 14 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 32°40′54″N 117°10′36″W / 32.68176°N 117.17656°W / 32.68176; -117.17656