2007 Noe Valley Horner's Addition Tour
From its beginnings as a blue-collar village, Noe Valley has gained a reputation as the quintessentially charming San Francisco neighborhood, with central location, the City's best climate and a large stock of Victorian homes. Once the rancho of San Francisco's last Mexican magistrate, the eponymous Don Jose de Jesus Noe, the valley was developed in the 1850s by John Meirs Horner who laid out the present streets. This architectural heritage survived the 1906 fire due to underground streams, a lot of effort and a single working fire hydrant, which is ceremonially painted gold each April.
Homes open for the event included Italianate, San Francisco Stick, and Queen Anne styles, primarily built between the 1870s and the turn of the last century. Visitors saw interiors which range from classic Victorian to sleek contemporary. Decorative touches include elegant wallpapers, dramatic hand-stencilling, vintage and state-of-the-art kitchens, and domestic taxidermy in the Victorian taste.
There will be a landmarked home which also earned the San Francisco Beautiful award... the home which boasts the tallest palm tree in the Valley, a garden lovingly pampered by a Golden Gate Park professional, and the panoramic views for which Noe Valley is renowned. The tour also included two historic churches.