Literary San Francisco: Herb Caen

Brocklebank Apartments, 1000 Mason Street, one of many former Caen residences. Beginning with his very first apartment on Clay Street, Herb Caen moved more than 20 times from the time he came to San Francisco from Sacramento in the summer of 1936 until his death in 1997. Caen lived in Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights, and on Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, and Nob Hill. His apartment at the Brocklebank was decorated by San Francisco's style icon Billy Gaylord and was featured in the July, 1987 edition of Architectural Digest. Gaylord died of AIDS shortly before Caen's place was completed. Caen wrote, "I'm only sorry that Billy Gaylord never saw what he created. Thanks to him, I'm home at last." Also among Caen's former residences are 2800 Scott Street, and 45 Priest Street.
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