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Nob Hill Inn –
Place - Nob Hill Inn
1000 Pine Street (corner of Pine &
San Francisco, California 94109
Web Link * (415) 673-6080
This elegant 3 story green ornate, turn-of-the-century Edwardian Mansion with classic San Francisco bay
windows was built in the ritzy titzy Nob Hill area in 1907. The
decorum has the European touch and is called a "boutique hotel."
The inn and its interior and furniture manages to blend very nicely
"French elegance -- Louis XV and XVI period pieces with the
Victorian charm of a London townhouse."
Besides having a "nicely appointed lobby
with a glassed-in European-style lift," a lovely dining room and
parlor, there are twenty-one guest rooms and 1 or 2 room suites,
all carefully "furnished with hand-picked antiques: beautifully
carved chairs, burled wood armoires inlaid with exotic woods,
graceful four poster and brass beds." There are also tile-faced
fireplaces in most of the rooms. And we can't forget to mention the
claw-foot tubs, frosted glass, turn-of-the-century sofas, and of
course, love seats!
Some modern, functional items appreciated
by 21st century guests include the telephone, color television and
Nob Hill was first settled sometime in the
1800s, only after the trolley car was invented, by people who had
made their fortune in the gold rush. The view of the city was
fantastic, and the trolley car solved the problem of the steep
angle of the streets. Then a second wave of wealthy people came and
built more grand mansions in the late 1800s as a result of the
fortunes made from the Comstock lode in Nevada. Nothing was spared,
as the best materials were used, and some very grand mansions were
Though the deadly 1906 earthquake and fires
destroyed many fine mansions or did a lot of damage to such places
as the about to open Fairmont Hotel seen above in the pictures, a
lot of people had the money to rebuild. This Nob Hill Edwardian
town home was built on the burned out ruins of a unknown grand
structure which existed here before the devastating 1906
It became the elegant, private Edwardian
mansion-like townhouse of someone of wealthy means.
Throughout the years, this property passed through many owners
before it was bought and given a much needed renovation, and was
lovingly, carefully restored to its original, glorious state; a
turn-of-the-century San Francisco Edwardian townhouse.
Renovations often attract the activity of
entities hanging around the place or neighborhood.
It seems that the renovation job done on the Nob Hill Inn was well
received by the spirit world, resulting in
the Nob Hill Inn becoming home to more entities than they have
rooms; at last count 22!
It has been reported that these entities
are a jovial lot, and make good use of their developed sense of
humor, which hasn't diminished a bit, even in their state of being!
They entertain themselves by getting their chuckles playing
practical jokes on the living! They always remember their San
Franciscan manners though and are socially acceptable unseen
residents and really do like the living, never trying to scare or
hurt anyone, or interfere with the enjoyment experienced by the
Specific acts of hilarity haven't been
published, but Tom and I plan to visit the place in the future and
find out more about the antics of these playful entities. I can
guess from my other ghost stories that I have researched and
written, that they love to move around personal items of the
guests, perhaps play with the locks, and electrical gadgets, to
name some possibilities. Perhaps they hide the bath soap or tub
stopper, but put it back when the guest isn't looking.
Similar incidents have been reported on
this site, including; (Gold Hill Inn), (General Wayne Inn),
(Bradmar Tudor Manor)
The spiritual fun and games of these
playful entities continue to happen.
Francisco Museum * Nob Hill Inn Web-Site * hauntedaccommodations.com
Big Photographs © Tom Carr