San Francisco Heritage


Since 1971, San Francisco Heritage has been leading the civic discussion about the compatibility of rapid change with protecting our past. Heritage is a membership organization with a mission to preserve and enhance San Francisco’s unique architectural and cultural identity. This includes advocacy for historic resources, education programs, and tours and rental of the 1886 Haas-Lilienthal House.

Featured Fun

Heritage’s 2020 Lecture Series Programs

In addition to a new guided walking tour and their San Francisco History Days 2020 program listed below, San Francisco Heritage invites you to their Lecture Series, which explores the breadth of San Francisco’s cultural inheritance, usually held in historic settings throughout the city. Due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 crisis, they are hosting an all-virtual 2020 season, made free and open to the public online.

The theme of this year’s series is Women in Preservation, and each program will spotlight and celebrate women both past and present who have worked to preserve San Francisco’s unique cultural and architectural heritage. Our virtual programs will incorporate historic photos, maps, audio, and video, and be recorded for subsequent sharing and archiving.

Catch up with their July, August, and September programs here, and visit their events page for information on their upcoming programs.

Haas-Lilienthal House

And who could forget the Haas-Lilienthal House? In 1973, a year after the death of Alice Haas Lilienthal (1885-1972) her three children, Ernest, Elizabeth, and Frances, donated the family home and its contents to SF Heritage. The Haas-Lilienthal house serves myriad functions today, as a house museum, a venue for meetings, performances, and social events, and as Heritage’s administrative offices, library, and archive. The house is recognized as San Francisco Landmark No. 69 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

To learn more about the Haas-Lilienthal House and the Haas/Lilienthal family, please visit our website:

Saturday, September 26, 2020 and Sunday, September 27, 2020 All Day – (In-Person) New Self-Guided Walking Tour of Pacific Heights 

Learn more about some of our city’s grandest architecture with the new self-guided Heritage walking tour of Eastern Pacific Heights.
With a helpful appendix on Victorian architectural aspects and terms, the tour covers approximately 15 blocks (0.8 mile) from Van Ness Avenue to Fillmore Street and starts at Heritage’s very own Haas-Lilienthal House. You can print out the tour from a PDF file or access it on Google Maps with your smart phone.
Please access the tour PDF HERE, which you can print out and bring with you on your walk. Additionally, you may access the Google Maps version of the tour on your smartphone HERE.

Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 1:00PM – (Virtual) Heritage in the Neighborhoods

Kerri Young and Woody LaBounty from SF Heritage will share details on Heritage in the Neighborhoods, a new initiative to celebrate and defend under-recognized San Francisco neighborhoods. Tune in to this free virtual program to learn more about the program’s work this year in the Excelsior and Parkside, and how you can participate in the upcoming focus on the Marina District in October.
This event is free but pre-registration is required.