The Haas Lilienthal House is a historic beauty in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood. This Queen Anne is the only Victorian House in SF open to the public.
William Haas, a local merchant, built the house for his family in 1886. Three generations of the Haas family lived in the home until 1972.
The remaining family gifted the house to the San Francisco Architectural Heritage Organization, who continues to maintain it to this day.
The only way to see the Haas Lilienthal House is on a guided tour given by one of their volunteers. Check in for your tour on the lower level of the house.
Enter through the door on street level to the north of the main staircase.
Your tour begins in this area with an overview and history of the Haas Lilienthal family. Here you will also learn a little more about the house and the standard elements of a Queen Anne Victorian.
After this brief discussion, your guide will take you outside, so you can enter through the front door.
This grand staircase is one of the first things you see when you enter.
You will then walk through the main level of the house including both the dining room and the kitchen.
From here, you will head to the second floor. On this level, you get the chance to see the unique curved windows.
Along the way, you will continue to learn more about the family and see several family photos. You also get the chance to find out more about their furniture and the other pieces they collected throughout their lifetime.
The San Francisco Archeological Heritage did a great job in keeping the house and furniture in the manner the family left it. The family collected all of the pieces inside the house while they lived there between 1886 and 1972.
After finishing on the second floor, your tour heads back to the starting point on the ground level. Here you get a sneak peek at the train room.
The entire tour is just over an hour long. If you've always wanted to see inside a Victorian, you will love this tour.
The most famous Victorian Houses in San Francisco are near Alamo Square. Often dubbed the "Seven Sisters", these colorful houses are a beautiful site. You can even capture a postcard moment with a view of downtown SF behind them. See pictures and read more about them here.
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The cost for a guided tour is as follows:
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This SF museum is open three days a week:
Tours leave every 20 to 30 minutes during these times.
You will find this Queen Anne Victorian at 2007 Franklin Street.
From Union Square
From Fisherman's Wharf: It's easy to get here from Fisherman's Wharf. Simply hop on the 47-Caltrain bus at the corner of North Point and Jones Streets. Take it to the corner of Van Ness and Jackson. Walk up the hill one block to Franklin and then south a couple of houses until you see the entrance sign. This route takes about 25 minutes. The cost is $2 per person per ride.
in the Marina
in Russian Hill