San Francisco Fashion & History: The Women’s Architectural League

Judith Kirby wearing a nineteenth century style dress in the former residence of Peter Spring on Chestnut Street, 1949 Mar. 2. (San Francisco Public Library)

“In one of the bedrooms of the Nixon house on Chestnut-st., which will be one of six local residences shown on a centennial home tour Wednesday by the Women’s Architectural League, Judith Kirby catches the spirit of last century San Francisco living by stretching her toes for a glimpse of herself in a hoop-skirted gown of that era. The house was purchased by Peter Spring from the Eduoard family some time in the 1860’s and was known for years as ‘Spring Garden.’ It was taken over by Bruce Porter from Mr. Spring’s heirs in 1918 and subsequently remodeled. The late Mrs. Doris Ryer Nixon became its owner seven years ago, and at that time it was restored as nearly as possible to its original design and interior decoration.”.

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