What Was 2400 Fulton?
By Camden Avery - Published on August 22, 2014.
Everybody knows and sees the Grateful Dead house at 710 Ashbury, but what was 2400 Fulton?
The 17-room mansion at the corner of Willard North and Fulton, which lies across the street from Golden Gate Park and just over the western shoulder of Lone Mountain, was bought in May of 1968 by Jefferson Airplane.
It was the Airplane house, the pad, a famous, geographically off-center center for the scene collectively known as the Haight. It was a hangout and legendary party house, it was at one time famously painted black. There aren't many other contenders in the Haight for places where the most LSD has probably been dropped.
2400 Fulton was also the name of a 1987 Jefferson Airplane best-of album. The house itself is a beast: 17 rooms, over 8,100 square feet, built in 1904 by a lumber baron for his family. It last sold in 1994, for the tidy sum of $799K, which seems like a pittance now.
The mansion is currently a registered "historic resource present," according to the city, which means it may one day be a registered landmark. This is a step up from its 1976 designation as a "potential historic resource."
So in your weekend perambulations, if you stroll by 2400 Fulton, doff your hat and say "hello."
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