Living the San Francisco Dream


Calling all architecture buffs -- what type of window is this?

San Francisco is a fascinating city in which to walk. The geography is one factor--hills, staircases, twisty streets--but the architecture is another.

One style of window I see from time to time is this elegant one, which is the entry door to a residential building in the Pacific Heights neighborhood near Fillmore:

window style Pacific Heights SF

Here it is again, the upper windows of the middle building in the Marina district:

windows in the Marina District, SF

Who knows the name of this style?


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Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


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Comment balloon 16 commentsLottie Kendall • April 01 2014 08:03AM


Lottie Kendall, I think that it is very interesting that you would focus in on this architectural detail. I can see how the California atmosphere could be appealing to residents, as well as those relocating.

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) over 6 years ago

Lottie~ I love looking at the different architectural designs, too me, it never gets old 

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 6 years ago

Lottie, I do not know the name of the style of window .... but I do recall stopping in my tracks and staring at the very same entry door while out walking in Pacific Heights with my son and grand-dog, Molly. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 6 years ago

Hello Lottie,  Boy I wish I knew but it is interesting.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 6 years ago

Will Nesbit, I think an interesting photo study would be to focus on just the window of homes I walk by, or doors, or gates - the variety is endless!

Jon, the architecture is so eclectic here, and likely in your area as well, that it is never boring.

Kathleen, that door just pops out at one, doesn't it?

Will Hamm -- if no one supplies the answer, I'll have to learn it and let everyone one!


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Lottie - I love the arched door ways!  They are so much work to create, but-oh-boy they are beautiful and stately.  I wish I knew the name for the windows, but if it were up to me to name them I'd go with "bell" because the top of the window looks like the outline of one.  Loved the photos!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 6 years ago

I do not know the correct name for this style of window but I think they are ver attractive.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

Laura, they really are intricate, aren't they? Quite lovely.

Roy, I like them, too. I saw another good example this evening, on Sacramento Street, across from Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Good morning, Lottie. I do not know the technical name. They are very attractive and ornate.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Michael, I agree with you, very attractive and ornate. I'll have to do some research into this style and see what I learn.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Not sure about the specific name either, but they are just beautiful. I know one thing for sure. I wouldn't want to be spending the money to replace them.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 6 years ago

Lottie   I know, I know...they aren't cheap!  I will be watching for the answer to this one.

Posted by John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO (John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC) over 6 years ago

Lottie, I bet a window company would know, and yes these are just beautiful!    I too saw many of these walking around Pacific Heights.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 6 years ago

Joe, isn't that the truth? And what about the rounded glass used in some of the bow windows?

John, I'll find the answer soon -- at least, once my income taxes are finished!

Hi Joan - this isn't a common window style, but they are around--saw another example on Sacramento Street, across from Grace Cathedral just the other night.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

I love arches.  Three of the doorways in my home are arches.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 6 years ago

Lucky you, Judi! You home must look amazing!


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago