The Malloch Building
Perched on Telegraph Hill, nestled up against the Filbert steps, is 1360 Montgomery. Film noir fans will recognize this building from the 1947 movie Dark Passage starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Even more intriguing is Unit 10 is the actual apartment of Irene, Bacall’s character in the movie. While many of the apartment scenes were shot on a set the building itself is featured prominently in the movie and the common areas remain incredibly intact and original. It's hard to improve on perfection!
Built in 1937 and named The Malloch Building after the Father and Son developers Jack and John Malloch the building remains an alluring structure with a strong following of architectural enthusiasts. The buildings architect is Irvin Goldstine and designed in the Streamline Modern design which is slightly reminiscent of a ship.
Above the open air entrance is a massive glass panel that has etched designs of waves and deer. The scalloped steel railings line the central staircase which is anchored by a glass brick column and travels to all levels above. An alternate to the stairs is an elevator which has an impressive steel door and journeys up the building inside an illuminated glass block elevator shaft, truly impressive! One of the most notable design features to the building are the 3 forty foot sgrafittos by muralist Alfred Dupont. These impressive details were created by applying colored concrete to the exterior and carved into shape. Flanking the main street entrance are two male figures. The one on the right is a Spanish explorer with a telescope raised to one eye and the left, a man holding a globe and towering over the Bay Bridge with an ocean liner sailing under it. The third figure is a robed woman, the spirit of California, with an outline of California behind her. These awe inspiring works of art are simply amazing.
Apartment #10 is located on the third floor and once was home to Lauren Bacall’s character in Dark Passage and later years Julianna Moore and Hugh Grant from the movie Nine Months. The handsome wood entry door includes two smaller doors that allow packages to be left inside the door and accessed from the interior. What an intriguing feature! Located along the Filbert stairs this unit has windows on three sides allowing for magnificent light and views from every room. The curved lines and streamlined feel of the exterior carries through to the interior creating a very cohesive experience.
The main entry hall is inviting and has two convenient closets. The gallery hall has wood floors that carry through the rest of the home including the living room to the right and retains the glamour of a bygone era. The spacious living room is simply captivating with a unique curved wood burning fireplace and access, through a large sliding door, to a private terrace complete with astounding views to the east and the twinkling Bay Bridge!
The kitchen is quite stunning and lovingly preserved. The cabinetry appears original with streamlined handles and cabinet doors of ribbed glass in a beautiful art deco design. The counters are topped with black granite and the floors black and crème colored stone. Adjacent to the kitchen is a round dining area which is pure magic! Enjoy dinners while taking in the view of Coit Tower or the blue waters of the bay, an exceptional room indeed.
The bedroom is privately located at the opposite side of the apartment and features a closet and an exceptional separate dressing room complete with period built-ins for added storage. This clearly is a feature of bygone era of glamour. While sitting in bed you can see the bay or peak behind to Coit Tower.
The period style bath has a very large square tub over a shower and is surrounded by glass block and an etched glass shower enclosure. Although at first glance the bathroom seems short on storage there is a surprise behind the door, a large cabinet is built in to the door for additional storage.
Outside of the spectacular attributes of this coveted property there is a one car independent parking spot, onsite laundry facilities and a large storage unit.
This is a very unique offering in a coveted building which has been photographed and published many times. Rarely is a unit available and this is surely an opportunity best not missed.
HOA dues $833.07/ month