2019 Mission District Tour

Join us for the Victorian Alliance’s 46th Annual House Tour on Sunday, October 20, from 1 pm to 5 pm. This year we are celebrating the working men and women of the Mission District along with the homes and communities they built in the Liberty Hill and Mission Dolores neighborhoods. Along with our community partner, The Women’s Building (San Francisco Landmark No. 178), we are featuring developer-built homes dating back to the 1870s that exemplify the role Victorians played in housing the city’s working and middle classes. The Mission District has been an epicenter of change from the earliest days of our city, and that process continues to this day. We hope you will join us on October 20th and enjoy all that is old and new in the Mission.

One of the most exciting features of this year’s tour is the concentration of properties built by The Real Estate Associates (T.R.E.A.) in the tour. Created in 1866 by William Hollis, who moved to San Francisco from Iowa around 1860. T.R.E.A. was one of three prolific Victorian tract house builders in the City of San Francisco. T.R.E.A. would purchase large tracts of blocks within a Homestead, subdivide the blocks into lots, and sell newly constructed homes to the swelling San Francisco middle class.

William Hollis had a unique view on home building that was instrumental in helping San Francisco’s Victorian middle class become homeowners. He would offer these houses for lower than the cost of construction and offer the buyer a mortgage outside of a bank. During a four year recession 1877–1881 his company carried back too many mortgages and over committed on its land purchases, resulting in the bankruptcy of T.R.E.A. due to defaults. We are fortunate to see many of these homes preserved today due to the house-saving efforts of George and John Center. The Centers ran their own private water works at 16th (formerly named Center) and Folsom streets, which successfully competed with the monopolistic Spring Valley Water Company. The water infrastructure that the Center’s built across the Mission District enabled fire fighters to ward off the fires following the 1906 earthquake and preserve much of Mission today, including the landmarked Liberty Hill and Shotwell historic districts.

The Victorian Alliance is excited to have tour-goers experience historic buildings that have housed generations of middle-class people who migrated to San Francisco and how those homes have evolved. Participants will see the city’s first residential “parklet,” along with the diverse and exciting Valencia Street commercial corridor that has made the Mission famous worldwide. Your ticket includes a tour program, illustrated photographs by Victorian Alliance member and photographer Anson Moran, along with detailed histories of each building. The tour will start at The Women’s Building — where participants will learn about various women’s programs that operate from the landmarked building — and continue on to see additional historically listed buildings, including one on the National Register. 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.

Purchase Tickets for the 2019 House Tour

Buy now to take advantage of the advance-purchase discount.
The discount is no longer available on or after Saturday, October 5, 2019 .

Advance-purchase Ticket: $55 + Online Service Fee: $ 1.95

Total Ticket Price: $ 56.95

We will be sending you an email the day before the tour (Saturday) with all of the information about attending the tour including the start locations.

When you buy your tickets online your name will be added to our will-call list. We do not mail you paper tickets for an online purchase.

Your purchase will be processed through PayPal. You can use your credit or debit card or PayPal account to complete your purchase on the following page.

As this is a not-for-profit fundraising event; we have a no refund policy. The tour takes place rain or shine.