2018 Lower Haight and Hayes Valley House Tour

The Victorian Alliance 45th Annual House Tour took place on Sunday, October 21, from 1 pm to 5 pm, showcasing a treasure of historic homes, flats, and adaptively-reused historic spaces in the Lower Haight and Hayes Valley neighborhoods. Since the Central Freeway removal began in 2003 on Octavia Boulevard, a new generation of residents began to enliven these two neighborhoods which offer a delightful mix of local character and exquisite craftsmanship that has been lovingly saved, restored, and adapted in new ways.

Iconic San Francisco architecture styles, including the Stick-Eastlake Nightingale House and the Italianate-style Parsonage, were featured. Over half the buildings have not been on a House Tour before. Tour-goers enjoyed period details like eleven to fourteen-foot ceilings, marble mantels, and handsome staircases as well as respectful adaptations for use in the 21st century. Preserved and restored period interiors, as well as eclectic contemporary décor inspired tour goers to appreciate how to live comfortably and stylishly in a historic space.

There was much to see while strolling the historic tour route with the illustrated program as a guide, amply illustrated with digitized line drawings from photographs by Victorian Alliance member and photographer Anson Moran.

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.