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Guided walks of historic San Francisco.

Guided walks of historic San Francisco

The grid-like appearance of a San Franciscostreet map belies the underlying diversity of the city. Each hill, valley, and plain constitutes a distinct neighborhood with a unique history, much of which can be read in the forms of the built environment. This summer, on walks offered by the Foundation for San Francisco's Architectural Heritage, you can explore San Francisco's neighborhoods in the company of a knowledgeable guide.

Between May 23 and September 12, six 2-hourwalks, each in a different area, are offered; commentary will focus on architectural and social history. In the Haight and Richmond districts, neighborhood representatives will accompany walkers to explain the threat posed to historical buildings by an upsurge in demolitions.

To join a walk, call (415) 441-3000 inadvance and ask where and when the particular group meets and the cost to join it (fees range from $6 to $15, less for members). Mail your check to Heritage, 2007 Franklin St., San Francisco 94109, or bring it with you to the walk.

May 23, Duboce Triangle. St. FrancisLutheran Church is the starting point at 10 A.M. for a walk through this minineighborhood in the shadow of the old U.S. Mint. The triangle formed by Market, Castro, and Duboce streets was once the center of the city's Scandinavian community.

June 6, the Haight. Mecca of the hippieera, the Haight was originally a sort of urban resort, boasting an amusement park and a ballpark. A rich supply of Queen Anne Victorians still lines the streets. Before the tour, a reception will be held at the restored Stanyan Park Hotel, built across the street from Golden Gate Park in 1904.

July 5, Telegraph Hill. Exploring the hill'shidden lanes and stairways should be a pleasant discovery for those whose visits have been limited to Coit Tower. You'll hear about generations of artists and writers who have resided here over the years.

July 18, Liberty Hill. Now an officialhistoric district, this neighborhood near Dolores Park has fine examples of Victorian homes and streetscapes including ornate lampposts, vents, and hydrants.

August 1, Russian Hill. You'll see statelyshingle-style residences designed by some of the Bay Area's most renowned architects on this walk. An octagon house built in 1857 is a delightful oddity along the tour's path.

September 12, Richmond. Once an Irishbastion, the Richmond is fast becoming a middle-class Asian stronghold. This walk will introduce you to an eclectic assortment of styles--Queen Anne to Pueblo, Edwardian to Craftsman.
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