2014 Haight-Ashbury Tour
The Victorian Alliance 42nd Anniversary House Tour takes place on Sunday, October 19, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. The cable cars of 1883 transported San Franciscans to a sparking array of newly minted homes in the Haight-Ashbury district, alongside the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park. Having escaped the devastating fires of 1906, these homes have also survived the housing partitions of WWII and the psychedelic subculture of the sixties and seventies, although the Good Earth hippie commune is often credited with saving the neighborhood from the wrecking ball.
Today’s Haight-Ashbury offers some of the City’s most colorful "painted ladies," restored to their original Victorian elegance and updated to today's lifestyles. This year's tour will showcase the interiors of eight lovingly maintained homes, including a stately residence with an intact carriage house, and one of a dozen homes occupied by the commune. A very special home sports a charming mural painted to celebrate the owner's 25th year of ownership.
The tour houses are spread over nine mostly level and easily walkable blocks, well served by public transportation. Comfortable dress and shoes are recommended. Please note that home visits require stair climbing. Knowledgeable docents will provide historical background on each house's architect, contractor, craftsmen and the families who settled the Haight Ashbury in the 19th Century. A separate Victorian property will provide a respite where complimentary light refreshments reward tour guests.
All net proceeds benefit the Preservation Grant Fund of The Victorian Alliance, San Francisco’s oldest all-volunteer, not-for-profit architectural preservation and education organization. Visit our Grants page for a list of past beneficiaries.