Construction crews were busy shoring up a house in San Francisco’s Twin Peaks neighborhood Tuesday evening, to prevent it from slipping any farther after it collapsed onto the street below the night before.
The small, two-story house began to fall at about 10:30 p.m. Monday night from Crown Terrace toward Greystone Terrace. No one was living there, and no one was injured.
Before it collapsed, neighbors told KTVU that the house just didn’t look right.
“Looked at that thing and said that is about ready to fall,” said neighbor Bill Carpenter.
Before Monday, the house was being remodeled and significantly enlarged. It had been lifted up and was sitting on a temporary support called a cradle and slipped off.
“The building moved from the cradle, the support,” said Tom Hui, head of San Francisco’s building inspections department.
The owner of the house is Mel Murphy, a prominent San Francisco Developer. He is also a former city building inspections commission president and current member of the San Francisco Port Commission.
Neighbors unsuccessfully fought Murphy’s plan to convert the two-story house to a much larger five-story mega-home.
“He was going to build a 5,000 square foot house in a neighborhood of 2,000 sq. Ft house, and we fought it constantly,” said neighbor Doug Garibaldi. “It went through appeals; it went through the whole process. And we lost at every point.”
Neighbors later learned Murphy is well-known at city hall.
“I got an invitation from him for Mayor [Ed] Lee’s fundraiser. And I am not politically connected at all,” said Garibaldi.
Murphy did not return calls to KTVU Tuesday.
City officials said on Tuesday that it’s too soon to tell if the remodeling project will continue as planned.