World-famous as a center of the Counterculture of the 1960s, the Haight-Ashbury is architecturally significant as an almost entirely intact turn-of-the-century streetcar suburb.
Developed as a middle-class neighborhood in the 1890s and early 1900s, the buildings belong almost exclusively to the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture. There is no better area in San Francisco to study the development of this style than the Haight-Ashbury, for there was virtually no construction before 1890 and little after 1910. Census data from 1900 and 1910 also offers a unique glimpse into the people who lived in these homes during the early development of the neighborhood.
This SF Heritage walking tour provides a brief history of the neighborhood’s development, highlights of significant early buildings, and an appendix of Victorian architecture to enhance your tour.
The tour takes approximately one hour and includes one mild hill across one mile. We also encourage you to patronize local Haight businesses as part of your visit to the neighborhood!
Google Maps version of the tour: Explore sites in the order you prefer or refer to the PDF for a recommended route.