The Haas-Lilienthal House

Dining Room inside the Haas-Lilienthal House, by Barry Schwartz Photography

Exterior of Haas-Lilienthal House in 1887

The exterior of the Haas-Lilienthal House in 1887.

The Haas-Lilienthal House, built in 1886 for William and Bertha Haas, is an exuberant example of Queen Anne-style architecture designed by Peter R. Schmidt. Surviving the 1906 earthquake and fire, the House remained in the family until 1973 when it was entrusted to San Francisco Heritage to serve as the organization’s headquarters and as the city’s only Gilded Age house museum open to the public year-round for docent-led tours.

After the first extensive campaign in Heritage’s history successfully raised 4.3 million dollars towards the House’s restoration in 2017, it reopened in 2018 and remains one of the very few examples of its era in the neighborhood. In addition, it houses the offices of Heritage and functions as a popular event rental site.

This San Francisco Landmark was recognized in 2012 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the National Treasures in America.

Browse a PDF version of Fred Rosenbaum’s Jewish Americans: Religion and Identity at the Haas Lilienthal House for an extensive history of the Haas-Lilienthal family and their role in Jewish life from the late 19th century into the 20th century.

For more house history, and information on house tours and volunteering, follow the link below to visit our dedicated Haas-Lilienthal website.

 

Exterior of the Haas-Lilienthal House today, by Barry Schwarz Photography