Oct 21, 2012 · 1:00 PM
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The new Meetup Group "Classic Architecture ROCKS!!" (http://www.meetup.com/Classic-Architecture-ROCKS/) has invited us to join their meetup this Sunday for an architectural tour of the NOPA area of SF. It's last-minute, but worth it. Here's the info:
We will meet at 12:55 pm in Zip Code 94117 and attend the following house tour. It's recommended that you purchase tickets in advance in case they sell out, at www.victorianalliance.org. for $36.20 (it might be possible to purchase them the day of the tour, I'm not sure):
A lovely cluster of Queen Anne homes will be showcased in the 40th home tour presented by The Victorian Alliance of San Francisco on Sunday, October 21st from 1:00 to 5:00pm in celebration of the organization's 40th anniversary. This is the organization's annual fundraiser, so there are no refunds after you've purchased your ticket.
Noted Victorian builders of the picturesque style, including Cranston & Keenan, are represented in the North of the Panhandle (NoPA) neighborhood. Many of these homes feature curves, bays, towers, balconies and whimsical ornamentation so beloved in the[masked]s.
Homes in this popular self-guided tour have proudly retained or regained their original Victorian elegance, with beautifully detailed interiors and garden embellishments, often adapted to reflect contemporary lifestyles.
The featured NoPA neighborhood was developed soon after the creation of nearby Golden Gate Park and its Panhandle Park. Tour homes lie within a relatively flat and compact area, well served by public transportation.Comfortable walking shoes and attire are recommended, and stair climbing should be anticipated in most residences.
Knowledgeable docents will provide historical background on each house's architect, contractor, craftsmen and the families who settled NoPA in the 19th Century. Complimentary light refreshments and a gift shop provide a welcome reward for tour goers.