(302/12) 860 Geary Street; Alhambra Apartments. Apartment building with forty-one two- and three-room units. 6B stories; steel frame and reinforced brick structure; stucco and polychrome terra cotta Moorish arches at base and upper level, arched windows in second to fourth floors, upper loggia, penthouse, dome; 3-part vertical composition with penthouse; Moorish ornamentation; vestibule: Moorish arch entry, tile steps and floor, marble walls, decorative clerestory and ceiling, wood doors; lobby: fantasy lobby; signs: bronze plaques flank entry with “Alhambra 2-3 room Apartments”; alterations: security gate. Original owner: August F. Schleicher, interior decorator and capitalist. Architects: Dunn and Kearns. 1913.
Most striking of the three Tenderloin buildings designed by James Francis Dunn is the Alhambra. According to local legend, its most famous tenant was Rudolph Valentino, who used the penthouse and dome as his San Francisco playhouse, where he could frolic with his paramours away from the bright lights and prying eyes of Hollywood.
Upper loggia, penthouse, and dome. (2007)