Fundraising Activities-House and Garden Tours

The first Victorian Alliance House Tour was held in March 1975 to raise funds to support the effort to save the City of Paris department store. The Tour featured six homes in the Mission District. In the 36 years since, the Alliance has conducted three Garden Tours and 39 House Tours. These fundraising events, a few in partnerships with other preservation organizations, have showcased many of San Francisco's unique neighborhoods such as Alamo Square, Noe Valley, Pacific Heights, Eureka Valley, Presidio Heights, Hayes Valley, The Panhandle, Cole Valley, and Buena Vista and Ashbury Heights.

These tours offer patrons a chance to appreciate both the exterior and interior of historic private homes that have been thoughtfully restored to preserve their architectural integrity and to create a comfortable space for contemporary living. In addition, the homes provide inspiration and ideas to those about to embark on their own challenging restoration projects.

Through the dedication and hard work of members and other volunteers-as well as the very generous support of San Franciscans, Bay Area residents, and visitors from all over the United States--these successful fundraising events have allowed the Alliance to continue its education and preservation endeavors.