Former Kimpton Hotels CEO’s San Francisco mansion for sale
The former CEO of Kimpton Hotels is selling his Pacific Heights home for $15.9 million, a location where many San Francisco events have been held over the years and the top floor has a small stage for theatrical performances.
Mike Depatie and his wife Holly listed the Tudor Revival style residence, at 2500 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, now that their children have left the nest, according to real estate firm Compass, which owns the listing.
The house has undergone extensive renovations over the years, adding modern amenities while retaining its original craftsmanship.
Built in 1933 by Angus McSweeney, a partner at famed San Francisco architectural firm Willis Polk & Company, the six-bedroom, six-bathroom home became the Canadian Consulate and won the San Franciciso Decorator Showcase.
The former owners, hedge fund founder Jeff Ubben and his wife Laurie, are leading San Francisco philanthropists. They have used the house, which spans 9,125 square feet, to hold fundraisers. Martha Stewart spent time as a guest in the upstairs guest bedrooms when she worked with Ubben.
“I would describe the style of the house as city chic and sophisticated,” Holly Depatie said in a Compass statement. “And the house itself inspired me with its rich history, grand entrance, extraordinary hand-carved wood, custom ironwork and beautifully proportioned rooms.”
The original owners of the house, the Bissinger family, were prominent patrons of the arts. Marjorie Walter Bissinger is the founder of the Asian Art Museum. Additionally, the original site of the house was the famous backdrop for Buster Keaton’s 1924 silent film, “The Navigator,” she said.
“Because of the house’s connection to the visual arts, I wanted it to exude a sense of dignified drama, a grown-up modern aesthetic that embraces both its glorious past and its most relevant place in the present as one great homes in San Francisco,” said Holly Depatie. “In order to go the distance, the house needed a serious makeover. But I knew the moment I walked into the house what it could be. , what he wanted to be and I think we achieved it.
Some of the unique features of the home include the dramatic grand entrance hall with black and white marble floors, a large front salon, a “gentleman’s bar” and a wraparound south-facing courtyard with a magnificent water sculpture and a fireplace by artist Archie Held. The sculpture simultaneously emits fire and water.
Architectural details such as beamed ceilings, Gothic arched entryways and a grand staircase make a breathtaking statement throughout the home.
The woodwork was all hand-carved and, unlike many older grand homes in San Francisco, painted a rich black color.
In the formal dining room, a horizontal gas fireplace runs almost the entire length of the great room at eye level. The dining room ceiling has hand applied gold leaf bringing a sparkling formality and golden hue to the room.
In the master bedroom, the wife’s closet features a hand-painted ceiling by Willem Racke.
On the third floor, a hand-carved, silver-beamed library features huge Gothic chandeliers and hand-painted floors.
At the foot of a large billiard room is the original stage that served as the stage for plays and musical concerts produced by the Bissinger children, according to a Compass representative. It is now a crimson red lacquered movie theater.
A large mirrored gym and spa bathroom with a large sunken tub with views of the bay await you at the other end of the library.
The ground floor of the house has been renovated into an apartment that opens onto a private courtyard with a full kitchen, bathroom and walk-in closet.
Under Depatie’s leadership, Kimpton has been named to Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work list five times, climbing to 11th place in 2015. There’s a Kimpton Sawyer hotel in downtown Sacramento.
This story was originally published May 5, 2022 10:29 a.m.