2008 Presidio Heights Tour

Cable cars brought a scattering of Victorian residents to Presidio Heights after 1878, although it was still the outskirts of the city, and more than a decade before water and gas were piped in. By the turn of the century, affluent business and professional leaders were increasingly drawn to the generous sites with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate and nearby Presidio woods. Renowned architects of the day, including Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, Ernest Coxhead, William F. Knowles and Willis Polk, were adapting classic European designs to the natural look favored by contemporary arbiters of taste. Their trend-setting creations are found today along the Presidio wall... homes of great dignity with casual elegance and rustic charm... styles which became known as the First Bay Tradition.

This memorable tour included extraordinary homes opened especially for this event, including Le Petit Trianon, a luxurious replica of its namesake at Versailles which hosted a generation of famous musicians in concert, a variety of classically-styled townhomes, and a renowned Maybeck residence which is still the cherished home of its original family. A church considered one of the earliest Arts & Crafts buildings in California completed the roster of architecturally significant buildings featured on this tour.

We would like to thank all of the homeowners, attendees, and volunteers of our 2008 Presidio Heights House tour. The proceeds of this tour allowed us to donate over $45,000 to the Maybeck Foundation's project to restore the Palace of Fine Arts, the treasured gem of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition designed by Bernard Maybeck. We couldn't have done it without you! We are pleased to announce that the renovation has been completed and the Palace is once again open to the pubic and future generations.

House Tour Acknowledgements

Our usual tour requires hundreds of volunteers, house captains and their docents, selecting a neighborhood and the houses, researching the house histories, house drawings, design and layout of our catalogue, and more. The Pandemic challenged the Alliance to adapt and find new ways to get out our message of exterior and interior preservation, for the purpose of protecting our collective cultural memory.

Our much smaller volunteer group has produced a ground-breaking series of videos, in a format the organization couldn't have imagined even one year ago. So, we'd like to honor all those volunteers who came before us, keeping the preservation flame alive, and having the confidence to take new risks for calling attention to the Alliance's mission. And a special honor to two long-time members, Richard Reutlinger and Jo Ann Vandenburg, who both passed away since our 2018 tour. And Richard Zillman, longtime member gone now for several years, who foresaw this time of going beyond the Bay Area in our marketing efforts. Dedicated volunteers and visionaries, our tour acknowledges their contributions to the founding and on-going activities of the Victorian Alliance of San Francisco.

Virtual House Tour Committee, 2020

This tour could not have been possible without the professionalism of our members Fiona McDougall and Jonathan Villet, of One World Communications owcom.com

  • Chair: Gail Baugh
  • House Selection Committee: Gail Baugh, Anson Moran, Ray Zablotny, Bonnie Spindler, Bathsheba Malsheen
  • House Histories: Gail Baugh, Leah Culver, Ray Zablotny, George Horsfal, Joseph Pecora; editing and owner interviews Tamara Hill
  • Legal: Megan Smith, Derek Schaible, Fiona McDougall, Anson Moran
  • Development Committee: Mike Hammond, Callie Enders, Ray Zablotny, Bonnie Spindler, Joe Mallet
  • Creative and Production Committee (branding assets, web design, pre-production, filming and production/editing): Amy Firman, Fiona McDougall, Jonathan Villet, Christina LaLanne
  • Webinar: Yana Rathman, Mimi Sparrow, Gail Baugh, Jennifer Lindsay, Jamie Lopez, Rob Thomson
  • Marketing outreach/social media Committee: Fiona McDougall, Gail Baugh, Mimi Sparrow, Jennifer Lindsay, Megan Smith, Christina LaLanne, Jonathan Villet, Amy Firman, Kyle McGuire
  • Newsletter editors: Megan Smith (mail version) and Andra Young (digital version)
  • VASF website: Kyle McGuire
  • Still Photography: Anson Moran, Project Turtle
  • And our lovely host for each video: Bonnie Spindler


  • Videographer & Editor: Jonathan Prewitt, Jmphilms
  • Grip and Lighting: Michael June Vallejo
  • Social Media: Victoria Spillman, Spillman Digital