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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 regularly open to the public for tours.
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.
You will enter through the door on street level to the north of the main staircase.
The Victorian house tours in San Francisco leave every 20 to 30 minutes. The entire tour runs about an hour.
The Haas Lilienthal House tours are offered three days a week:
General admission is $10, seniors and kids (6-12) is $8, kids 5 and under are free.
*The venue is closed at times due to private events. Make sure to check their site for current prices and opening dates.
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.
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 $3 per person per ride.
If you plan to drive for your visit to the Haas Lilienthal House, you will find that parking on the street in the Pacific Heights neighborhood is challenging. I recommend heading straight to one of these lots that is just a few blocks away.
1650 Jackson Street: The closest garage is at 1650 Jackson Street. It's only about two blocks away.
Lombardi Sports Garage: The next closest garage is in the old Lombardi Sports building. It's at 1965 Polk Street on the corner of Polk and Jackson. It's about three blocks away.
1776 Sacramento: About four blocks away you will find this garage on the corner of Sacramento and Van Ness.
Old First Garage: This lot is open daily and is on the corner of Sacramento and Polk. It's about five blocks away from the Haas Lilienthal House. It's at 1725 Sacramento Street.
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