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A Glittering Salon & Speakeasy at the Haas-Lilienthal House

On Saturday, October 8, San Francisco Heritage hosted Salon & Speakeasy 2022, a very special edition of our annual Soirée celebration, for 125 business, community, and philanthropic leaders and supporters. Held at SF Heritage’s Queen Anne landmark, the Haas-Lilienthal House, the event celebrated the special places and faces of San Francisco through a festive culinary, music, spoken word and performing arts program.

Attendees at San Francisco Heritage’s Salon & Speakeasy on October 8, 2022 at the Haas-Lilienthal House (Nico Henderson for Drew Altizer Photography)

With in-person programming tabled for most of the pandemic, this event was an opportunity to not only bring people back into our beautiful historic property, but to emphasize SF Heritage’s artistic and cultural partnerships tied to our mission. Salon & Speakeasy showcased San Francisco legacy businesses, a key part of our advocacy work: Kathy Fang of Fang Restaurant and House of Nanking provided small plate dinner service and a culinary demonstration; Joe Goode Performance Group recreated a special segment from their 2018 performance “Still Standing” (originally performed and choreographed at the Haas-Lilienthal House); South of Market-based screen-printing shop Babylon Burning provided branded tote bags for guests; and Dianda’s Bakery provided a wide array of colorful cookies for dessert.

Dancers Cookie Harrist and Molly Katzman from Joe Goode Performance Group perform a segment from Still Standing on the back porch at Haas-Lilienthal House. (Nico Henderson for Drew Altizer Photography)
SF Heritage board chair Paul Littler (left) and Joe Goode speak during Salon & Speakeasy. (Nico Henderson for Drew Altizer Photography)

The evening also featured artistic partnerships associated with our work at the Doolan-Larson Building: Artist Calixto Robles, long associated with Mission District landmark Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (currently popping up at 1506 Haight Street), created a one-of-a-kind screenprint for guests, and former SF Heritage artists-in-residence Ben Juodvalkis and Chibueze Crouch performed moving pieces of music and poetry as part of the evening’s program.

Ali Blum, Calixto Robles, and SF Heritage’s President & CEO Karalyn Monteil pose with Robles’ special print created for Salon & Speakeasy (Nico Henderson for Drew Altizer Photography)
Former SF Heritage artists-in-residence Chibueze Crouch and Ben Juodvalkis perform in the front parlor of the Haas-Lilienthal House. (Nico Henderson for Drew Altizer Photography)
Chef Kathy Fang during a culinary demo in the dining room of the Haas-Lilienthal House. (Nico Henderson for Drew Altizer Photography)

After a fund-a-need for San Francisco Heritage led by auctioneer Paul Kelly, we closed out our special evening with music and dancing from famed swing and blues performers Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers in our decked-out “speakeasy” ballroom.

Guests during the fund-a-need portion of the evening in the “speakeasy” ballroom of the Haas-Lilienthal House (Nico Henderson for Drew Altizer Photography)
Karalyn Monteil, Linda Jo Fitz, and Connor Turnbull. (Nico Henderson for Drew Altizer Photography)
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers perform in the “speakeasy” ballroom. (Nico Henderson for Drew Altizer Photography)

The event utilized the many spaces of the Haas-Lilienthal House and gave the opportunity for both old and new friends to reconnect: the front parlors, dining room, and the back patio for short performances, food, and conversation, and the ballroom for our fund-a-need and music and dancing. Overall, the event raised over $100,000 in support of the vital work and impact of San Francisco Heritage in safeguarding and enhancing San Francisco’s unique built and cultural identity.

SF Heritage board vice-chair Elisa Hernández Skaggs with the Power Station’s Enrique Landa. (Nico Henderson for Drew Altizer Photography)
SF Heritage board members Debbie Cooper (left) and Ted Lieser attend San Francisco Heritage’s Salon & Speakeasy. (Nico Henderson for Drew Altizer Photography)

Thank you to Drew Altizer Photography for capturing our special event! Please visit their website to view more photos and to purchase prints.

And we want to send a big thank you to our board of directors and its event/advancement committee, our staff led by Moira Dowell and Ashley Wright, our volunteers, our legacy business partners and performers, and friends of SF Heritage for making this a successful event!

THANK YOU to our 2022 SALON & SPEAKEASY Soirée Sponsors


Artistic Showcase Sponsor

City National Bank

Wine Sponsor 

Patrick McNerney and Martin Building Company


Architectural Resources Group and ARG Conservation Services

Jerome L. and Thao Nguyen Dodson

Holmes US

Martin Building Company

Page & Turnbull

Plant Construction Company, L.P.

Rainbow Waterproofing & Restoration


TEF Architecture and Design


Port of San Francisco

Equity Community Builders

Linda Jo Fitz

JMA Ventures

Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP 

Reuben, Junius & Rose, LLP

Mark and Cathy Sarkisian


Western Specialty Contractors


Nancy and Tom Gille

Craig Hartman and Jan O’Brien

Karalyn and Philippe Monteil

Patrick J. Ruane, Inc.

Rebecca Lilienthal Schnier

Tom Lewis Restoration and Consulting, Inc.

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