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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2015 The Storied Houses of Alamo Square Tour

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The Victorian Alliance 43rd Annual House Tour takes 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 — will be 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.

Both veteran enthusiasts and newcomers to Victoriana will appreciate 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 will be kitchens for every taste, from antique to state-of-the-art marble and granite.

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. Tour guests will enjoy complimentary light refreshments at the church after 2:00PM. 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 $250,000 to worthy historic preservation projects since its founding in 1973.

Purchase your tickets online now or a mail order form can be downloaded here.

Or visit our booth at the Alamo Square Flea Market on Sunday, September 13, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM, Fulton and Scott Streets.

Ticket Pricing Schedule

General Public: $50 purchased by October 10, 2015
Victorian Alliance members: $40 purchased by October 10, 2105

Note to VASF Members: Please see the September bulletin for instructions on how to purchase discounted tickets online.
Members' tickets will also be sold at the August and September General Meetings.

After October 10, 2015, and day-of-tour, all tickets will be $55. Please check this page for availability.

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.

We look forward to welcoming you in the Alamo Square Neighborhood on October 18th!

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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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