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.
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The Haas Lilienthal House will be open for tours on Saturday and Sunday and select Wednesdays.
The Haas Lilienthal House tours are offered at three times depending on the day. The entire tour runs about an hour.
Tickets are only available on site and no advanced tickets are for sale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will find this Queen Anne Victorian at 2007 Franklin Street.
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 includes a five block walk from the stop to the Haas Lilienthal House.
This option will take you about 25 minutes.
It's easy to get here from Fisherman's Wharf. Simply hop on the 28-Daily City bus at the corner of Powell and Beach Streets.
You will take this six stops to the corner of Van Ness and North Point. Here, you will transfer to the 49-City College bus.
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.
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.
Holiday Inn Parking Lot: This is your best option as it's a safe and secure spot for your car. It's about a five block walk away and partly uphill, but it's one of your best options. It's at 1500 Van Ness Street.
Old First Parking Garage: This lot is an indoor lot at 1725 Sacramento Street. Look for it's bright blue and yellow sign. It's about four blocks away from the Haas Lilienthal House.