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pelton cottage dogpatch potrero san francisco

Pelton Cottages

"Cheap" Dogpatch dwellings built for $900 in 1880 offer rich history.

In the center of Dogpatch, lining Minnesota and Tennessee streets are rows of well-preserved examples of Pelton’s Cheap Dwellings, built in the 1880s as homes for working people. The plans and specifications were so simple anyone could build one. The cost, according to historian Christopher VerPlanck,  was $854.25 for a “handsome and economical” four-room cottage.

The plans by San Francisco architect John Pelton Jr. were published in the Saturday editions of the San Francisco Bulletin newspaper which sold out each week. These can-do structures contribute significantly to the Dogpatch Historic District and more on their fascinating story can be read here.

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