Shared: The San Francisco Envy Chain (New York Times)

By Elizabeth Weil

Mark Donaldson and Dawn Judd’s daughters, Esmé and Clara, in the loft living room.

Mark Donaldson and Dawn Judd’s daughters, Esmé and Clara, in the loft living room.

When I first walked into Mark Donaldson and Dawn Judd’s loft in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood, their two daughters were swinging on climbing ropes hung from the rafters, and Mark was weaving between them on a skateboard. All the kinetic energy looked a bit dangerous, but also exhilarating. A pink bicycle perched on its kickstand near a door that led to the patio, and everywhere, about to topple, were stacks of books. The building once served as the Esprit headquarters, where Mark and Dawn both worked in the late ‘80s. Some 20 years later, while at a children’s birthday party across the street, they noticed the place was for sale. Now a bust of a girl with braided hair, sculpted by Dawn’s grandmother, sits in the entryway, and wooden birds float from the ceiling.

 

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