Exterior angle of house

photo by: Jeff Scott

Saving America's Historic Sites

Haas-Lilienthal House

  • Constructed: 1886
  • Architect: Peter R. Schmidt
  • Location: San Francisco, California

Like many house museums around the country, the Haas-Lilienthal House has maintenance needs that far exceed the revenue drawn from its visitors. Through this project, the National Trust will bring together some of the brightest minds in historic sites stewardship to create a long-term, sustainable vision for the site to save its unique history for future generations.

The Haas-Lilienthal House is an exuberant 1886 Queen Anne-style Victorian located in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. It is the city’s only intact private home of the period that is open regularly as a museum, complete with authentic furniture and artifacts. The house is also unique as a place that conveys the role of Jewish immigrants in the development of the American West.

Campaign Goals

  • Identify interpretive and marketing strategies to revitalize the Haas-Lilienthal House, increase earned income, and create a broad awareness of the important stories it has to tell
  • Ensure the long-term protection for the property by updating existing legal protections
  • Support increased exposure of the Haas-Lilienthal House by publicizing modernization efforts such as “greening” of its energy systems as well as innovative technology upgrades


The National Trust has ensured the long-term sustainability of the Haas Lilienthal House - as a replicable model for re-inventing an urban historic house museum - through targeted assistance to House owner, San Francisco Architectural Heritage.

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