The Victorian Alliance 43rd Annual House Tour took place on Sunday, October 18, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM, showcasing the Alamo Square Neighborhood, still home to San Francisco's largest collection of preserved Victorian era architecture and hallmarks of some of The City's best known architects and builders.
Drawing from the pages of The Storied Houses of Alamo Square by Joseph Pecora, beautifully restored examples of 19th Century residences — Italianate, Queen Anne, San Francisco Stick — were open to the public, along with a landmarked Gothic Revival Church. Highlights include the iconic Westerfeld House at Fulton and Scott Streets and a "Painted Lady" of Postcard Row.
The tour delighted both veteran enthusiasts and newcomers to Victoriana who appreciated the exquisite interior details....stained glass windows, marble mantels, handsome staircases, fourteen foot ceilings, elegant wallpapers, flickering gaslights, ornate fretwork, pressed tin ceilings, solaria, and ballrooms. There were kitchens for every taste, from antique to state-of-the-art marble and granite.
Proceeds of this annual fundraiser benefited The Victorian Alliance Grant Program which has awarded more than $250,000 to worthy historic preservation projects since its founding in 1973.