Reviving San Francisco's Victorian Icon: Holiday Happenings at the Haas-Lilienthal House

November 21, 2012 by Brian Turner

News of its designation this fall as a “National Treasure” has sparked renewed interest in the Haas-Lilienthal House where support is needed most – its home town.

In his weekly column, legendary San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carl Nolte spoke of its beauty and cultural history in a primer for Free Community Day on October 21, which drew nearly 600 visitors, the majority of whom were local residents who had never been inside.

The Treasures designation and event was also promoted by SF Weekly, J Weekly, and FunCheapSF, which, with over 45,000 subscribers, has serious sway in determining the cultural itineraries of the many Bay Area locals. Many thanks to Jeremy Blakeslee and Ian Boyle for donating their outstanding photography.

Drawing on the success of Free Community Day, SF Heritage will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 12:00PM-3:00PM at 2007 Franklin Street. Though always proudly loyal to their Jewish origins, the Haas-Lilienthal family traditionally celebrated Christmas in the House as away of adapting to American customs and rituals. Santa will make an appearance at 2:00PM, and the historic toy trains will be on the rails. Come by and show your support!

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