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Haas Lilienthal House: Visit a Historical Victorian in San Francisco's Pacific Heights

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: July 8, 2021

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 outside of the Haas Lilienthal House in San Francisco.

Visiting the House

The Haas Lilienthal House will be open for tours on Saturday and Sunday. They are still requiring all unvaccinated visitors to wear masks and use all safety protocols while at the house.

Admission and Hours

The Haas Lilienthal House tours are offered at three times depending on the day. The entire tour runs about an hour.

  • Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon, 1 pm and 2 pm

General admission is $10, seniors (60+) 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.

Haas Lilienthal House Tour Details

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, you will head outside, so you can enter through the front door.

This grand staircase is one of the first things you see when you enter.

The Grand Staircase in this Queen Anne Victorian

You will then walk through the main level of the house including both the dining room and the kitchen.

A dining room in an old Victorian House
A regular kitchen in a Queen Anne Victorian

From here, you will head to the second floor. On this level, you get the chance to see the unique curved windows.

Curved windows in a Queen Anne Victorian

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 train room in the Haas Lilienthal House in SF

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.

How to Get Here

You will find this Queen Anne Victorian at 2007 Franklin Street.

A map showing the location of the Haas Lilienthal House

From Union Square

  • Cable Car: The fastest way to get here from Union Square is to take the Powell Hyde Cable Car. Pick it up at Powell and Post Streets (instead of waiting in the long line at the cable car turnaround near Market Street). Take it to the stop at Hyde and Jackson Streets. From here you will walk west on Jackson Street and take a left on Franklin. This option will take you about 25 minutes.
  • 3-Jackson: An alternative option to the cable car is the 3-Jackson bus. You can pick it up a block north of Union Square on the corner of Powell and Sutter Streets. Take it to the corner of Sutter and Van Ness. From here, you will walk about a half mile to the Haas Lilienthal House. This option takes about 25 minutes.

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.

Parking Near the Haas Lilienthal House

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.

Haas Lilienthal House Tours

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