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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2018 Lower Haight and Hayes Valley House Tour

The Victorian Alliance 45th Annual House Tour takes place on Sunday, October 21, from 1 pm to 5 pm, showcasing a treasure of historic homes, flats, and adaptively-reused historic spaces in the Lower Haight and Hayes Valley neighborhoods. Since the Central Freeway removal began in 2003 on Octavia Boulevard, a new generation of residents began to enliven these two neighborhoods which offer a delightful mix of local character and exquisite craftsmanship that has been lovingly saved, restored, and adapted in new ways.

Iconic San Francisco architecture styles, including the Stick-Eastlake Nightingale House and the Italianate-style Parsonage, will be featured. Over half the buildings have not been on a House Tour before. Tour-goers will enjoy period details like eleven to fourteen-foot ceilings, marble mantels, and handsome staircases as well as respectful adaptations for use in the 21st century. Preserved and restored period interiors, as well as eclectic contemporary décor will inspire this year’s tour goers to appreciate how to live comfortably and stylishly in a historic space. There may be an opportunity to see “work-in-progress” as these historic homes are passing to new owners.

There is much to see while strolling the historic tour route with your illustrated program as a guide, amply illustrated with digitized line drawings from photographs by Victorian Alliance member and photographer Anson Moran. Comfortable shoes and layered clothing are always desirable; stair climbing to reach and view upper floors should be anticipated. Tour guests will enjoy complimentary light refreshments at the historic Haight Street Art Center after 2:00PM. Street parking is limited; public transportation is highly recommended.

Proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit The Victorian Alliance Grant Program which has awarded more than $400,000 to worthy historic preservation projects since its founding in 1973.

Thanks For Supporting Historic Preservation

As this is our major fundraising event of the year, there are no refunds and a small service fee is applied to all online and credit card ticket sales to cover the expense of operating the service.

We reserve the right to refuse anyone admission and to ask anyone to leave for any reason.

Please note that photography is not allowed inside the homes while on the tour.

We look forward to welcoming you in the Lower Haight and Hayes Valley Neighborhoods on October 21st!

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The Victorian Alliance Grant Program

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  • 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. 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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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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