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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2016 Duboce Park Tour

The Victorian Alliance 44th Annual House Tour takes place on Sunday, October 16, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. Our self-guided walking tour features charming homes surrounding historic Duboce Park and nearby residences of the Duboce Triangle. Added to this year's tour is a beautifully preserved church whose sanctuary reveals brilliant stained glass and artistic woodwork. Here you may also enjoy complimentary refreshments and peruse our gift shop for some early holiday shopping.

There is much to see while strolling the historic tour route with your illustrated program as a guide. Comfortable shoes and layered clothing are always desirable; stair climbing to view upper floors should be anticipated. Street parking is limited; public transportation is highly recommended.

Proceeds of this annual fundraiser benefit The Victorian Alliance Grant Program which has awarded more than $350,000 to worthy historic preservation projects since our founding in 1973.

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The Victorian Alliance Grant Program

Our support for architectural preservation and restoration includes funding assistance for worthy projects. 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 several easily recognized landmarks throughout San Francisco.

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City Leaders Call on SFMTA to Preserve Van Ness Streetlamps

Thursday, October 6, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – On Tuesday, September 20th, the Board of Supervisors unanimously called on San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to make all efforts to preserve the historic character of the Van Ness Corridor through reuse as well as replication of the Van ness Avenue Historic Streetlamps instead of replacing them with industrial design streetlamps for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). On October 5, 2016, SFMTA will be hosting a community meeting to present the Van Ness BRT construction information which will be underway in the month of October. Now, city leaders including the Coalition of Save the Historic Streetlamps of Van Ness Avenue consist a group of civic leaders, neighborhood associations, and preservationists including San Francisco Beautiful, San Francisco Heritage and the Victorian Alliance of San Francisco, demand SFMTA to halt any actions that would endanger the Van Ness Historic Streetlamps and to honor the Board of Supervisors’ policy goal to fully explore the costs and technical feasibility of the preservation of the historic streetlamps.

“As the Mayor who took charge of much of the restoration of our glorious iconic City Hall where San Francisco’s history and character are honored and remembered daily by those who work and visit today, I cannot imagine the Van Ness Corridor surrounds not only City Hall but through the heart of San Francisco would lose its historic street lamps,” said Mayor Willie Brown. “I call on SFMTA to put in all efforts to preserve these street lamps that are known as the San Francisco Ribbon of Light.”

“I started out my political career as a preservationist saving the historic Colombo Building in District 3, and it is truly a mission close to my heart,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin. “The Van Ness Avenue is laid within the Civic Center National Historic Landmark District, and an historic gateway into the City and to the celebrated Golden Gate Bridge. Our City can do better, we can save our history and have efficient public transit too. Let’s save the street lamps.”

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Skeeter Jones: 3 decades of working to restore Victorian SF

Monday, June 6, 2016

Victorian fans will enjoy this profile of Victorian Alliance member Skeeter Jones in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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