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Mayhem Mansion Returns in October 2016


Mark your calendars! Mayhem Mansion returns in 2016 for four nights only, October 21, 22, 28 and 29. Scares abound when the Haas-Lilienthal House is transformed into a terrifying haunted mansion beginning with a heart-stopping tour led by a ghoulish host, or hostess, and ending with our delightful “Spookeasy.” Full details to be announced in August.

2016 Lecture Series


Heritage is excited to announce the 2016 Lecture Series line-up!

Each year, Heritage’s Lecture Series explores the breadth of San Francisco’s cultural inheritance in historic settings throughout the city. From July through November, lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 PM.

Individual tickets are $10 for Heritage members and students (with ID) and $15 for the general public. Series passes (all five lectures) are $40 for members/students and $60 for the public.

Haas-Lilienthal House Docent Training Orientation


Join us on Monday, June 20 at 6:00 pm at the Haas-Lilienthal House for an orientation/interest meeting on docent training to help bring this icon of San Francisco’s Victorian legacy to life.

The stewardship of The Haas-Lilienthal House is a primary function of San Francisco Heritage. Our offices are located in this iconic home at 2007 Franklin Street. The House is a designated City Landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a “National Treasure.” We get over 6,500 visitors a year from all over the world; we’re in countless guidebooks, and have been featured on a number of television and cable shows.

Be a part of our family and a voice in our mission to preserve our City’s architectural identity. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Interim Volunteer Coordinator Pamela Larson at 415-441-3000 x25 or sfheritagevolunteers@gmail.com.

August 1 Deadline: Alice Ross Carey Preservation Fund


San Francisco Heritage is proud to continue the Alice Ross Carey Preservation Fund, a new grant program to help document, preserve, and celebrate the diverse historic places and cultural assets that define San Francisco.

Heritage will provide small grants for planning, outreach, capital improvement, and interpretive programs or projects.

Grant applications for the next round are due on August 1, 2016.


2016 Annual Meeting


2016 Annual Meeting
Saturday, June 25, 9:30AM-11:30AM
Haas-Lilienthal House
2007 Franklin Street

Premier historic-site consultant, Max van Balgooy, of Engaging Places, LLC, will discuss the new interpretive plan being developed for the Haas-Lilienthal House, City Landmark No. 69, and the only Victorian house-museum in San Francisco open to the public. Heritage’s President and CEO, Mike Buhler, will discuss the restoration and upgrades currently underway at the house, along with exciting plans for the reinvigoration of the National Trust for Historic Preservation‘s only “National Treasure” in San Francisco.

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2016 Semi-Annual Meeting with Special Guest John King


John King poses for a portrait in San Francisco. Photo Courtesy of Heyday

2016 Semi-Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 6:30PM-8PM
Union Bank (Bank of California Building)
400 California Street, San Francisco

Executive Director Mike Buhler will provide an overview of Heritage’s recent activities; special guest John King, urban design critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, will present.


Soirée 2016 at the San Francisco Armory


Photo Courtesy of armorystudios.com

Saturday, April 30th
San Francisco Armory
1800 Mission Street, San Francisco

On Saturday, April 30, Soirée 2016 will celebrate the San Francisco Armory, City Landmark No. 108, located in the heart of the Mission District. Enjoy this uniquely San Francisco venue with our black-tie event that will feature cocktails, a silent auction, fine dining, dancing, and casino gaming.

For information, contact Carolyn Squeri at 415-441-3000 x14 or csqueri@sfheritage.org.


Prop J Passes!


From SFGate: “Executive director Isabel Fondevila of Roxie Theater supports Proposition J, a measure that would provide some financial assistance for “legacy” businesses struggling in the current real estate market in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, October 6, 2015″ Photo by Paul Chin

Thank you to all of those who voted to create the San Francisco Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund.

The measure is historic in its own right, as San Francisco will offer a model for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in the U.S.

In the News:

Prop. J: Measure to help save longtime ‘legacy’ businesses passes
November 4, 2015

Legacy businesses earn protection
San Francisco Examiner
November 4, 2015

New fund for ‘legacy businesses’ wins voter approval
San Francisco Business Times
November 4, 2015