Majestic Victorian homes, steep hillsides, charming com-
mercial streets, and sweeping bay vistas permeate this upscale
section of San Francisco. The area is so picturesque, Hollywood has
filmed several movies in Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow— Mrs. Doubt-
fire, Basic Instinct, and The Princess Diaries, to name a few. Note that
a few stops in the residential sections are private homes (not muse-
ums)—they serve to showcase famous residences and striking exam-
ples of Victorian architecture. @ 2 to 3 hours. START: Franklin St. (at
Washington St.). Bus 1, 12, 19, 27, 47, 49, 83. Cable car: California line.
ornate trim, and a winsome turret.
The Foundation of San Francisco's
Architectural Heritage now main-
tains it as a museum and offers
guided tours. @ 1 hr. 2007 Franklin
St. (at Washington St.). y 415/441-
html. 1-hr. guided tours $8, $5 sen-
iors & kids under 12. Tours start
every 20-30 min. Wed & Sat
noon-3pm; Sun 11am-4pm. Bus:
1, 12, 19, 27, 47, 49, 83. Cable car:
2 Gough Street. The Victorians
on this block, all built in 1889, are
particularly lovely. Numbers 2004 to
2010 are in the Queen Anne style,
while no. 2000 is in the Queen
Anne-Eastlake style (marked by
elaborate woodwork). Gough St.
(between Washington & Clay sts.).
3 Spreckels Mansion.
Romance novelist Danielle Steel's
home is one of the most extravagant
in town—built in 1913 for Adolph
Spreckels, heir to the sugar empire
of German-American industrialist
The Haas-Lilienthal House is a prime
example of SF's Victorian architecture.
1 Haas-Lilienthal House. Built
in 1886, this flamboyant example of
a Queen Anne house (see below)
features architectural frills like
dormer windows, flying cupolas,
Queen Anne Architecture
Queen Anne homes dominated Victorian residential architec-
ture from 1880 to 1910. In fact, this style is virtually synonymous
with the phrase “Victorian house.” Typical characteristics of a Queen
Anne home include projecting bay windows, wraparound porches,
towers, turrets, balconies, elaborate banisters and spindles, stained
glass, decorative trim, and patterned shingles.