About the Victorian Alliance

The Victorian Alliance is a not-for-profit organization committed to the preservation and restoration of Victorian and other historic structures, particularly within the city of San Francisco.

Our mission is to support the restoration and preservation of historic buildings, landscapes, and artifacts through advocacy and education.

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2020 Virtual House Tour

Victorian Alliance of San Francisco launches free “Open Victorians” Virtual Historic House Tour

This year the Victorian Alliance will be producing a virtual house tour, you can support the tour and our grant making program by donating with the button below.

The Victorian Alliance of San Francisco announces its first ever virtual historic house tour, Open Victorians, a free online experience that launches October 5 www.tourvictorians.com. Sign up to get reminders for each video’s launch. The tour showcases six of San Francisco’s classic Victorian homes, private residences that can be visited only via this virtual event. This series of originally-produced videos will introduce viewers to the homes’ interiors, exteriors, furnishings and décor with new videos launching each week until October 23.

The Alliance has produced this six-video series to showcase San Francisco’s historic Victorian homes to a much larger audience than a traditional, in-person house tour. Participants will meet the artisans and homeowners that have restored and cared for these homes, experiencing them through six different themes, including “Decorative Finishes”, “Who Lived Here Before Me?”, and “Future, Legacy”. After the initial launch, each video will be kept active and can be seen again, so that the end of the virtual house tour, all of the video tours can be visited together. 

The Tour will culminate in a Front Parlor Salon webinar, scheduled for October 25, featuring leaders of preservation organizations from throughout the nation, sharing their ideas to inspire the next generation of passionate preservationists. Sign up to receive more details on the Salon webinar at: https://www.tourvictorians.com/contact

“With Open Victorians, the Alliance will demonstrate how historic interiors can be adapted and preserved for both contemporary and traditional lifestyles. We offer these examples as alternatives to the current “gut and entirely remodel” trend, which diminishes our city’s great architectural legacy,” said president Rob Thomson.

Contact: housetour@victorianalliance.org

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The Victorian Alliance Grant Program

  • 1906 Earthquake Survivor -- Portals of the Past in Golden Gate Park
  • Victorian Style Drinking Fountains for People and Pets in Lafayette Park
  • Castro Theater -- Restoration of the Box Office Leaded Glass
  • Barbary Coast Trail--Victorian Alliance Plaque--Sacramento Street at Waverly Place

Our support for architectural preservation and restoration includes funding assistance for worthy projects, now totaling over $500,000. The resources we provide are distributed through our Grants Program. While often modest, our grants have funded all or part of the repair, restoration, or installation of many easily recognized landmarks throughout San Francisco.

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Join the Victorian Alliance

Membership in The Victorian Alliance is a rich and rewarding experience. Founded on the principle of protecting architectural heritage throughout San Francisco, we have evolved into a dynamic social organization that includes advocacy, grant funding, and educational outreach in support of our mission statement.

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House Tour Guidebooks

Our past House Tour guidebooks are available for viewing on the Internet Archive.