Events

San Francisco Heritage is committed to the health and safety of our visitors, supporters, staff, and volunteers. Read below for the latest on how we are adapting our programs during the pandemic: Update February 2022: The Haas-Lilienthal House will reopen for weekend tours starting Sunday, February 6, 2022. See the TOURS page on the Haas-Lilienthal House website for more information and our updated Covid policy. 


Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

Mark Dean Veca: Ornamental Illness When: May 7 through May 29, 2022 | Where: San Francisco Heritage’s Pop-Up Gallery, 1506 Haight Street 

Mark Dean Veca, 76, 2022 One-color screen print on Coventry rag vellum 320gsm, 53 x 39.5”, edition of 10

Exhibition Schedule: Wednesday-Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Conversation with the artist and curator Renny Pritikin: Saturday, May 14, 3:00 – 4:00 PM San Francisco Heritage is pleased to announce artist Mark Dean Veca as our next artist-in-residence in the Haight-Ashbury. Veca’s time at SF Heritage’s historic Doolan-Larson Building starts in May 2022, where he will host a pop-up exhibition and create new drawings and paintings inspired by the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood’s past and present.


International Museum Day at the Haas-Lilienthal House | When: May 18, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

International Museum Day (IMD) is a global celebration that takes place annually on May 18. The theme of IMD 2022 is ‘The Power of Museums’ and aims to explore the potential of museums to bring about positive change in their communities through achieving sustainability, innovating on digitalization and accessibility, and building community through education. San Francisco Heritage’s Haas-Lilienthal Historic House Museum will join in the celebration by hosting a special self-guided “after hours” audio tour on Wednesday, May 18 from 6pm-8pm. Admission $5 per person and sold upon arrival. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own phone and earbuds/air pods to access the audio tour via QR code. Audio wands & earbuds will also be available with ticket purchase. The audio tour will allow visitors to walk through the Haas-Lilienthal House at their own pace while listening to the Haas/Lilienthal family’s stories of living in a Victorian home and from local experts sharing the fascinating history of San Francisco.


Sunset Chinese Cultural District Launch | When: May 22, 2022, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Where: Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile

In April 2022, legacy business Wah Mei School was announced as the new stewards of the Sunset Chinese Cultural District, originally created in 2021 as San Francisco’s ninth cultural district. SF Heritage has been proud to serve as a one of SCCD’s community planning partners, and congratulate Wah Mei on their new role! To celebrate, we will host a joint APIA Heritage Month community event in the Sunset on May 22, 2022.The event will take place from 9:00-3:00 PM at the Outer Sunset Farmers Market and Mercantile, located at 37th Avenue and Ortega. The event will include children’s activities and community engagement activities, and a speaker program is planned between 11:00 and 12:00 PM.


 

Special Doors Open Access to the Haas-Lilienthal House | When: June 11, 2022, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Where: The Haas-Lilienthal House

As part of the California Preservation Foundation’s Doors Open California event, visitors will have the opportunity to walk freely through the rooms of the historic Haas-Lilienthal House while learning about its luxuriant décor and rich history. The house and its furnishings illustrate not only its Victorian origins but also the changes made to it during the 86 years it was occupied by the Haas and Lilienthal families. Visitors will be able to look into the past and see firsthand how three generations of this extended family lived during their time here, 1886 to 1972. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and share details of the architecture of this Queen Anne-style home, with its gable roofs, rounded bay windows, and classically derived ornamentation.

The Haas-Lilienthal House is owned and operated by San Francisco Heritage, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of San Francisco’s unique architectural and cultural identity. The house now serves as the organization’s headquarters and as the city’s only Gilded Age house museum open to the public year-round. It is also recognized as a National Treasure in 2012 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and as San Francisco Landmark #69.


In-Person Pacific Heights Walking Tours When: Sundays 

The Bourn Mansion (1895-1896, Willis Polk) at 2250 Webster Street is featured on the Broadway tour. Please see the WALKING TOURS page on the Haas-Lilienthal House website for details on how to join.


Past Events and Recordings

Partner Program: Market Street: A Collaboration of Modern Design Masters When: Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Hosted by the California Preservation Foundation, Market Street: A Collaboration of Modern Design Masters was a virtual tour and panel discussion that highlighted the critical role of Market Street, which has served as downtown San Francisco’s primary commercial corridor and transportation artery for over 150 years. The event pays particular tribute to the Market Street Redevelopment Plan design (1968-1979), an ambitious Modernist streetscape improvement project that involved three master postwar Bay Area designers: architects Mario J. Ciampi and John Carl Warnecke, and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. SF Heritage’s VP of Advocacy and Programs, Woody LaBounty, joined a panel of speakers including Hannah Simonson, Associate, Cultural Resources Planner, Page & Turnbull, Jon Rusch, Senior Historic Preservation Specialist, ICF, and Gretchen Hilyard Boyce, founder of Groundwork Planning & Preservation.


Partner Program: Saving the San Francisco Earthquake Shacks When: Thursday, April 14, 2022

On Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 6:00 PM, SF Heritage’s VP of Advocacy and Programs, Woody LaBounty, will join famous “Cottage Lady” and shack preservationist, Jane Cryan, to explain earthquake shack origins, dispersion, and preservation campaigns over the years. Melanie Bishop from San Francisco Planning will explain how the Earthquake Shacks Theme Document, adopted in November 2021, will inform and assist the citywide survey now underway.

2022 Semi-Annual Meeting When: Wednesday, January 26

In this free and open meeting for Heritage supporters, we will review our early plans for 2022 and introduce our new President & CEO Karalyn Monteil, who begins her tenure at the organization in January. This event is FREE, but please register to receive the Zoom information.


50 Years of San Francisco Heritage (SF History Association) When: Tuesday, January 25

SFHA: Fifty Years of SF Heritage from SFHA Videos on Vimeo.


Heritage in the Neighborhoods: Visitacion Valley Town chat + history walk When: Thursday, December 9, 2021 (virtual) and Saturday, December 11, 2021 (in-person)

Thank you to all who attended our Visitacion Valley programs!   If you have any thoughts, ideas, and questions as we plan this program, please reach out to Kerri Young at kyoung@sfheritage.org or call 415-441-3000 x22. We welcome interest and participation from anyone and everyone for this exciting program!


World Premiere – Time of Change Dates: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 – Sunday, September 12 Time: All performances at 7:30 PM Location: Outdoor and indoor locations in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood  Joe Goode Performance Group dancers rehearse inside the D-L Building. In collaboration with Heritage, choreographer Joe Goode and San Francisco legacy business Joe Goode Performance Group (JGPG) performed Time of Change from September 1-12, 2021. Featuring Heritage’s Doolan-Larson Residence and Storefronts, this show guided small audience groups through the streets of the Haight-Ashbury to experience several moments of movement, music, and monologue. The work featured a team of artistic directors: JGPG Artistic Director Joe Goode, Artistic Director of BANDALOOP Melecio Estrella, and queer Black choreographic duo OYSTERKNIFE (Chibueze Crouch + Gabriel Christian). Time of Change was guided by dramaturg Lashon Daley with music direction by recent Heritage artist-in-residence Ben Juodvalkis and audio tour sound design by James Ard. As Time of Change is a site-specific work, attendees will receive special instructions on their uniquely designed route and can select a route depending on their individual needs.


“Businesses Behind the Signs” at the Neon Speaks Festival & Symposium When: Saturday, September 11, from 11:15 AM-12:15 PM PST Now more than ever, many of the legacy businesses that are part of a city’s cultural richness face an uncertain future. Woody LaBounty and Kerri Young of SF Heritage will give us the big picture on the organization’s efforts to protect and preserve legacy businesses in San Francisco. Ben Leech of Preservation Action Council San Jose will preview of their sign preservation projects and recent publication, a self-guided walking tour of legacy businesses with vintage signs in downtown San Jose. About Neon Speaks: The Neon Speaks Festival & Symposium 2021 brings together neon sign makers, artists, and preservationists to celebrate and share the future of neon. It is produced by San Francisco Neon in proud partnership with the Tenderloin Museum and the Museum of Neon Art.


Annual Meeting 2021 Where: Zoom When: Thursday, July 29, 6:00 PM


Living in the Past: An artist residency project with Jeremy Fish Ran until: June 6, 2021 Location: 215 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 At the end of 2020, San Francisco visual artist Jeremy Fish completed a three-month residency at Heritage’s Doolan-Larson Residence and Storefronts, a National Treasure and city landmark at the corner of Haight and Ashbury. The residency and exhibition, Living in the Past, is supported by San Francisco Grants for the Arts program and will open on April 17 at Haight Street Art Center (215 Haight Street). The upper Haight is at once one of San Francisco’s best-known and most troubled neighborhoods: the former epicenter of the 1960s counterculture that has since then been both a bustling commercial and residential area as well as a magnet for people experiencing addiction and homelessness. Compounding epidemics in healthcare, systemic racism, and economic inequality have made a difficult situation worse, and like many neighborhoods in San Francisco, the Upper Haight, its businesses, and residents are facing existential threats. Fish’s artwork is a testament to the history of the Upper Haight – its most famous residents and meeting places; its architecture and character – and the stories that hover over every foot of ground there. His living at the corner of Haight and Ashbury at this moment infuses the poignancy of these images: the fear and hope we all feel now. The exhibition asks how we can best serve the people and the places that make the Haight unique, and central to San Francisco. Most of the work is for sale, both online at haightstreetart.org/livinginthepast and in person at 215 Haight St.


The Cadillac Hotel, The Loopers, & the Legacy of Affordable Housing in the Tenderloin When: March 18 at 6:00 PM PST Thank you to all who attended! Heritage and the Tenderloin Museum hosted a special presentation on the history of the Cadillac Hotel, a landmarked building in the heart of the Tenderloin that pioneered a model for non-profit supportive Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing in San Francisco, the first of its kind west of the Mississippi. Today, the Cadillac is home to approximately 160 residents as well as a handful of small neighborhood businesses and institutions, including the Tenderloin Museum.  Kerri Young, Communications and Programs Manager for SF Heritage, gave an overview of the history and architecture of the Cadillac, the storied “Newman’s” boxing gym, and the imaginative preservation work of Leroy and Kathy Looper that transformed the Cadillac into a neighborhood anchor, “The House of Welcome.” Then, Kathy Looper, the Cadillac Hotel co-founder and TLM board president, was joined by Arnie Lerner, SF Heritage’s former staff architect who worked on the Cadillac’s 1977 restoration, who discussed their experience with the Cadillac’s restoration as well as its role in the neighborhood today. 


On February 18, join us for a special #CACraftBeerWeek/ San Francisco Beer Week event to uncover the deep history of six San Francisco landmarks that inspired Fort Point Beer Co. brews. Fort Point’s creative director will talk packaging design, and a panel of local history all-stars convened by the Western Neighborhoods Project will share the stories behind landmarks featured on different cans. Heritage is excited to participate and share the intriguing stories behind North Beach icon and San Francisco Landmark the Sentinel Building (also Columbus Tower). Featured beers and landmarks include: Animal IPA + Coit Tower Sfizio Italian Pilsner + the Sentinel Building Villager IPA + Sutro Tower Westfalia Red Ale + Kelly’s Cove on Ocean Beach Cool IPA + the Wiggle Dipper DIPA + the Cliffhouse and Sutro Baths Each ticket includes access to the event and a mixed 6-pack of beers featuring the landmarks so you can cheers along at home! All proceeds benefit Heritage and the participating historians.


A chapter in Heritage’s 50-year history was the two-day move of this Eastlake-style house from its original location at 773 Turk street. It took two days to reach its new home at 1735 Webster Street. A drawing of the house was used as an early logo for Heritage. Heritage’s Semi-Annual Meeting will take place later this month on January 28, 2021, at 6:00 PM. During this virtual gathering of members and supporters, we will provide an update on Heritage’s 50th anniversary activities and post-Covid-19 plans in 2021, including public-policy and advocacy priorities. This year we are making this event free and open to the public, but please register using the button below so we know that you are coming!


November 19th, 2020 Alice Ross Carey Memorial Lecture – Preservationists on Preservationists Thank you to all who attended! Find the recording below: We finished our 2020 lecture series on Women in Preservation by highlighting the stories of well known and lesser-known advocates of historic preservation and their work to preserve architecturally or historically significant places for future generations. Our speakers:

  • Elisa Hernandez Skaggs (SF Heritage Board Member; Associate Principal at Page & Turnbull)
  • Katherine Petrin (SF Heritage Board Member; Architectural Historian and Preservation Planner)
  • Shayne Watson (Historian and Preservation Planner)
  • Diane Matsuda (San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission)

October 22nd, 2020  Intersections of Racism, Gender, and Historic Preservation in San Francisco’s Asian American Communities Thank you to all who attended! Find the recording below: An impressive list of speakers will explore the intersections of racism, gender, and historic preservation at important sites in San Francisco’s Asian American community. In collaboration with Michelle Magalong, President of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) and Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland’s Historic Preservation Program. More details to come. Our speakers: Grant Din, Consultant and Researcher; Board Member, APIAHiP Erika Gee, Senior Planner, Community Planning Department, Chinatown Community Development Center; Board Member, APIAHiP Karen Kai, Vice Chair, APIAHiP MC Canlas, author SoMa Pilipinas Studies 2000 in Two Languages (2002) and SoMa Pilipinas Ethnotour Guide Book (2013). MC is a member of the History and Heritage Committee and the Working Group of SoMa Pilipinas Edward Tepporn, Executive Director, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation September 17, 6:00 PM  – Sydney Stein: Golden Gate Park’s First Woman Gardener Thank you to all who attended! Find the recording below: 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and our lecture explored one of the park’s beloved unsung heroes: Sydney Stein, who in 1929 became the first woman hired as a gardener by the City of San Francisco. Nicole Meldahl, Executive Director of the Western Neighborhoods Project, recounted some of the specific initiatives she accomplished, such as saving cyclamen from Europe immediately before World War II, and Stein’s ascendance to chief nurseryman (or should we say, nurseryWOman?) and eventually manager of the Conservatory of Flowers.  August 20, 6:00 PM  – San Francisco Neighborhood Heroines: The San Francisco Bay View’s Mary Ratclif LisaRuth Elliott, project manager of the Neighborhood Newspapers of San Francisco collection of over 2,300 digitized local papers, moderated a conversation with Mary Ratcliff, longtime editor and co-owner of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. While the country’s mainstream press is slowly catching up to the issues and concerns of the Black community, the Bay View has long given a voice to Black San Franciscans since its inception in 1976. Anchored in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point, it was first neighborhood newspaper to join the Legacy Business Registry [in 2017]. Ratcliff discussed the paper’s legacy of social justice work through community journalism, its continued outreach during the COVID-19 crisis, and her thoughts on carrying the legacy of the paper into the future. We also heard from Griffin Jones, journalist and copyeditor, archivist for the San Francisco Bay View about the work of the Bay View Archives. July 16, 2020 5:00 PM PST  – Rooted in Resilience: Legacy Restaurants and Bars in San Francisco Denise Clifton, author of Tables from the Rubble: How the Restaurants that Arose After the Great Quake of 1906 Still Feed San Francisco Today, will host a conversation with the women behind two of San Francisco’s most beloved legacy businesses: Julie Ho of Sam Wo Restaurant, and Maralisa Simmons-Cook of Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum CaféTaking historic context from Denise’s book, which highlights stories of food businesses that emerged in the recovery years after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, this panel will explore how legacy businesses are now struggling – and adapting through a new, very different disaster. 


If you have any thoughts, ideas, and questions about these programs, please reach out to Kerri Young at kyoung@sfheritage.org or call 415-441-3000 x22