About the Victorian Alliance

The Victorian Alliance is a not-for-profit organization committed to the preservation and restoration of Victorian and other historic structures, particularly within the city of San Francisco.

Our mission is to support the restoration and preservation of historic buildings, landscapes, and artifacts through advocacy and education.

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The Victorian Alliance Grant Program

  • 1906 Earthquake Survivor -- Portals of the Past in Golden Gate Park
  • Victorian Style Drinking Fountains for People and Pets in Lafayette Park
  • Castro Theater -- Restoration of the Box Office Leaded Glass
  • Barbary Coast Trail--Victorian Alliance Plaque--Sacramento Street at Waverly Place

Our support for architectural preservation and restoration includes funding assistance for worthy projects, now totaling over $500,000. The resources we provide are distributed through our Grants Program. While often modest, our grants have funded all or part of the repair, restoration, or installation of many easily recognized landmarks throughout San Francisco.

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2023 Victorian Holiday Home Tour

The Victorian Alliance of San Francisco brings back its house tour after a five-year hiatus and features five glittering homes in the Alamo Square neighborhood, known for the city’s most iconic Victorians.

This year’s tour of historic Victorian homes is holiday-themed and boasts five homes in the Alamo Square neighborhood, lavishly-decorated for Christmas and the holidays. Attendees will have the opportunity on the tour to see the main floor principal rooms of each home, decorated in high-Victorian style, and will learn about the history of the Alamo Square area and each home (complete with recommended walking paths). Docents in each home and tour leaders will provide stories about the homes, their histories, decorations, and why the homes are decorated in certain ways.

The Victorian Alliance of San Francisco Victorian Home Holiday Tours will be held on Sunday, December 10th from 3-7 PM. The locations of the specific homes will be revealed closer to the tour date.

The public is invited to view the homes and their holiday decorations for the price of a ticket; proceeds from the ticket sales will help the Victorian Alliance of San Francisco continue its mission to preserve historic buildings in the City. Tickets are $50 for adults; $40 for Members; $40 per person for Groups of 10 or more; and $10 per child ages 11-17, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Visit TourVictorians.com to purchase tickets. Tickets are limited. To join the VASF Membership is $45 per year, $35 for seniors and students.

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The Victorian House Tour is an important event for the VASF as it raises funds for its Grants Committee. The Committee offers grants to repair and restore publicly-accessible elements of San Francisco’s heritage.

Over the last 50 years, the Alliance has donated nearly $500,000 to various preservation projects across San Francisco. Past grants have included funding to repair and restore the Palace of Fine Arts, numerous projects within city parks, and in historic buildings such as gold leafing for the SF downtown Mechanics Library signage, leaded-glass restoration at the Castro Theater, and furniture reupholstery at the Haas-Lilienthal House in collaboration with SF Heritage. Proceeds from the Alliance’s 2018 Lower Haight/Hayes Valley tour were dedicated to helping fund the restoration of WPA-era artist Reuben Kadish’s Dissertation on Alchemy, a fresco on display at the Haight Street Art Center.

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Join the Victorian Alliance

Membership in The Victorian Alliance is a rich and rewarding experience. Founded on the principle of protecting architectural heritage throughout San Francisco, we have evolved into a dynamic social organization that includes advocacy, grant funding, and educational outreach in support of our mission statement.

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House Tour Guidebooks

Our past House Tour guidebooks are available for viewing on the Internet Archive.