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“A lot of history to learn in short time!”

Haas - Lilienthal House
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Owner description: This Queen Anne style home, now a museum, was the house where the merchant family of blue jeans (Haas) and canned goods (Lilienthal) lived.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
“A lot of history to learn in short time!”
Reviewed May 11, 2014

Very beautiful building with great history. Check for polish volunteer guide - she is the best!
You will lear a LOT of history in very interesting and not boring way!

Visited April 2014
Thank Marcin S
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Adrian, Michigan
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2,129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 836 helpful votes
“Enjoyed My Visit”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

This Queen Anne House is a wonderful example of the architecture of upper middle class homes in SF in the late 1800s. Its rarity is emphasized by the fact that many of this type were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. This style of home is almost emblematic of a bygone era in northern CA as you see these homes in well preserved neighborhoods in this region. It seems that they are not as pervasive in other parts of the country. That was why this opportunity to go through this home was attractive to me in the short time I could do anything "touristy" when I was in SF. According to my guide, this is the only home of its kind that can be toured in the city. The tours were indeed all guided by one of the docents. In my case, the guide was very good and very informative about the home, the family and the era. The lower levels were very attractive rooms done very elegantly in period furnishings. The upstairs living quarters were more practical as was normally the case but still showed the same sort of elegance of comfortable living. The train set in the downstairs area was impressive and worth a look as well. Within the narrative of the story of this house and family was also a good dose of SF history from the late 1800s to the early 1900s and I considered that a terrific bonus. Some of the stories regarding the earthquake were particularly intriguing since that was a major event. In all, I thought this was worth the time. If you are interested in seeing homes furnished in the period, put this on your SF itinerary. The price was reasonable and I unquestionably felt that I got my money's worth.

Visited February 2014
3 Thank Debbie K
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Redding, California
Level 6 Contributor
239 reviews
163 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Beautiful Queen Anne Victorian House”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

The home is beautiful and you get to see most of it and they have kept it in very good shape. Tour takes about an hour and has some interesting history about San Francisco and education about Victorian architecture. Well worth the $8 tour cost

Visited January 2014
2 Thank AmyWren
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San Antonio
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“San Francisco Victorian house”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Great place to visit to get a feel on the history of San Francisco. Tour Guide provide an excellent review of life during the time period before the earthquake and fire that devastated San Francisco. I highly recommend a visit to the museum. Well worth the visit.

Visited November 2013
Thank Nancy B
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San Francisco
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36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“An excellent, inexpensive tour.”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

This tour takes just about an hour and shows a good part of this historic mansion. You get to see the main rooms, a couple of bedrooms, the grounds and a neat underground room with a working antuque trainset. You will learn not only about the family who owned the home, including the Levi's but, you will also learn about Victorian architecture and lifetstyle. I don't know how they keep the tour prices so low but, it's a definate bargain. I even ended up buying some books and a cd from their collection. Donate, too, if you can!

Visited October 2013
Thank Scott B
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