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“A slice of Victorian life”

Haas - Lilienthal House
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Owner description: This Queen Anne style home, now a museum, was the house where the merchant family of blue jeans (Haas) and canned goods (Lilienthal) lived.
Reviewed 30 July 2013

This is probably your best bet to see how a prosperous middle-class family lived in 19th century San Francisco. Operated by the San Francisco architectural heritage organization, this 1886 Queen Anne beauty is the city’s only family home–turned museum. It still has original fixtures like privacy doors at the entrance to indicate whether the family was accepting visitors, and six-and-six light fixtures (six of the lights were electric and six were gas, letting you choose your preferred effect), as well as the family’s original furniture.

All visits must be with a guide, but very little of the house is off limits, and indoor photography is permitted. Docents give tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you’d like to know more about the Pacific Heights area where the house is located, you can also take a docent-led walking tour that starts from the house and lasts about two hours. Your guide will explain the different architectural styles of the Victorian era and talk about the history of the city. Walking tours are only available on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Reservations aren’t required; just show up a little ahead of time.

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

This is kind of off the beaten path for tourists but well worth the effort to get there. It is beautifully restored home and we thoroughly enjoyed the quided tour.

Thank Kathy W
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

The Haas-Lilienthal House is definitely worth paying a visit while in San Francisco! It's the only Victorian house in San Francisco that is open to the public (that alone makes it quite unique) and incredibly well preserved. The entrance is quite majestic and when stepping into the house, you immediately get a feel of how it must have been like living there. Our guide, Michael, was great - he knew fun facts and was even dressed in the style of that time. I went on a Sunday in July and there weren't many other visitors (which I loved - it definitely adds to the feel of the house). You are friendly welcomed when going inside and tours are given every 20 minutes or so.

Haas-Lilienthal was the one thing I absolutely wanted to visit and it completely lived up to my expectations!

Thank Kristien W
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We visited on a Sunday for the guided tour of this lovely house. It was very informative and entertaining explaining the history of the architectural style and the family who built the house and lived there. This Heritage property has been lovingly restored and looked after by dedicated volunteers. A thoroughly enjoyable visit suitable for all.

Thank Steve B
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

I couldn't help think of Tony Bennett's timeless ode to San Francisco when I visited this unforgettable Queen Anne style house after a failed attempt a few years ago. Unless you're up to climbing a very steep hill, you need to drive there or take a Muni bus. And it isn't open every day (only on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at specific times). But just one sight of this exquisite home--both inside and outside--makes it all worthwhile. Sunday is a good time to drive there, as there is open on-street parking. Jo Anne was also our guide, providing lively commentary about the architecture, furnishings and the owners. Lots of stairs, both inside and out, may prove daunting to some visitors, but there's plenty of time to stop in the rooms and hear about the owners, who founded Levi-Strauss.

Thank annie279
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