DIRECTIONS TO THE JAMES LEARY FLOOD MANSION
2222 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94115
From the East Bay: Cross the Bay Bridge. Take the exit on Central Frwy/101 N toward Mission St. Continue on Octavia Blvd. Turn left onto Fell St. Turn right onto Webster St. Turn left onto Broadway St. The Flood Mansion is on Broadway St. between Webster and Fillmore.
From Marin County: Cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Stay on 101 South to the Lombard Street exit. Take Lombard to Fillmore. Turn right on Fillmore and head up the hill to Broadway; turn left. The Flood Mansion is on Broadway between Fillmore and Webster.
From the Peninsula and San Francisco Airport: Take 280 North to 19th Avenue. Continue straight through Golden Gate Park onto Park Presidio. Turn right at California, left at Fillmore and right at Broadway. The Flood Mansion is on Broadway between Fillmore and Webster.
About the Flood Mansion
In the aftermath of the Great Quake of 1906, Maud Flood’s monumental home on Nob Hill was destroyed by fire. She fled San Francisco with her two children and told her husband that she was fearful of living in a city where such devastation could strike so suddenly. James Leary Flood reassured his wife, saying, “I will build you a house of marble on a hill of granite.” And that is precisely what he did.
He found the perfect spot (buying and moving a home already there), hired renowned architects Bliss & Faville, began construction in 1912 and three years later moved his family in, just in time to enjoy the panoramic view overlooking the 1915 Panama-Pacific World Exposition which filled the land below stretching to the Bay.
Flood’s fortune was inherited from his father, James Clair Flood, who had purchased a supposedly worthless Nevada mine in the 1870’s. The mine contained veins of gold and silver worth over 300 million dollars. That estate enabled James Leary Flood to build his magnificent mansion.
After her husband’s death, Maud Flood gave her home to the Religious of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic order dedicated to education and service to the community. The Flood Mansion is now part of the Broadway campus of Schools of the Sacred Heart. It remains one of the most beautiful examples of domestic architecture in the United States.
The AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS (“ABS”) were founded in 1989 with the mission of introducing contemporary audiences to the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach through historically informed performances. Under the leadership of co-founder and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas, the ensemble has achieved its vision of assembling the world’s finest vocalists and period-instrument performers to bring this brilliant music to life.
For more than two decades, Jeffrey Thomas has brought thoughtful, meaningful, and informed perspectives to his performances as Artistic and Music Director of the American Bach Soloists. Recognized worldwide as one of the foremost interpreters of the music of Bach and the Baroque, he continues to inspire audiences and performers alike through his keen insights into the passions behind musical expression. Fanfare Magazine proclaimed that “Thomas’ direction seems just right, capturing the humanity of the music … there is no higher praise for Bach performance.”
Critical acclaim has been extensive: The Washington Post named ABS “the best American specialists in early music … a flawless ensemble … a level of musical finesse one rarely encounters.” San Francisco Classical Voice declared “there is nothing routine or settled about their work. Jeffrey Thomas is still pushing the musical Baroque envelope.” And the San Francisco Chronicle has extolled the ensemble’s “divinely inspired singing.”