Spectacular SF Victorian Grand Dame Reopens for Tours
San Francisco aesthetes and especially Victorian house lovers know that one of the most beautiful, charming, and iconoclastic Victorians in the city is the 1886 Queen Anne at 2007 Franklin Street. The 67-foot grand dame was protected from the earthquake/fire of 1906 by a Van Ness firebreak just one block over. Known as the Haas-Lilienthal House, the mansion survived the fire, but was succumbing to SF’s caustic coastal microclimates.
In stepped the San Francisco Heritage organization which raised $4.3 million to restore from foundation to tippy top tower the 24-room house. The house is chock-a-block with precious, original furnishings and period details, all in the context of its wonderful interior room design. The house was originally built by William Haas, an immigrant from Germany who made good in the grocery wholesaler business.
Guided tours are now running on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays for $10 for adults, and $8 for children and seniors.
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