Architectural History Film Festival

Join us January 18, 2014 at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco

Architectural History Film Festival – January 2014

Join the NCCSAH for our first Architectural History Film Festival on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9 AM – 1 PM at the Historic Vogue Theater in San Francisco. Built in 1912, the Vogue celebrated its hundredth birthday last year – it is one of the few single screen neighborhood theaters remaining in the city.

The Vogue Theater is located at 3290 Sacramento Street at Presidio Avenue and it is served by the 1, 3 and 43 Muni lines.

The triple bill includes “A 1906 Trip Down Market Street” narrated by Rick Laubscher, President of the Market Street Railway. Mr. Laubscher will be attending to talk about the film and answer questions. We will then show the two rarely seen, award-winning documentaries about Chicago’s great architects Louis Sullivan and Daniel Burnham who had national influence. The Sullivan film is very accomplished, and was a big hit at an SAH meeting several years ago.

Louis Sullivan Guaranty Building

DVDs of the three films will be available for sale at the theater. Admission $15 for members, $ 20 for non-members at the door. Cash only please.

More background on the Historic Vogue Theater:

For more info on a 1906 “Trip Down Market Street” narrated by Rick Laubscher, President of the Market Street Railway

For more info on the Daniel Burnham film Make No Little Plans

For more info on the film Louis Sullivan: the Struggle for American Architecture

October 2013 – Mare Island Tour

The October 12th tour of Mare Island Navy Yard attracted 36 participants, the second largest group ever to attend an NCCSAH program.

The all-day event began with a tour ably led by Mare Island Historic Foundation docent, Barbara Davis. Highlights included the interior of the base commander’s classical revival residence and the craftsman chapel, which houses the largest collection of Tiffany stained glass windows west of the Mississippi.

The group enjoyed a break for a picnic lunch, after which, thanks to arrangements with the tenant, BluHomes, we were permitted to view the interior of one of the yard’s veritable cathedrals of industry, a massive glass-curtain-wall factory building constructed in 1940.

At the conclusion of the organized portion of the day, participants, on their own with a map and brief guide, were able to survey numerous other structures, representative of the yard’s periods of significance, dating from 1856 through World War II. The wealth of historic resources surprised most attendees, for whom Mare Island was terra incognita.

A hearty thank you to Barbara Davis and to docent Joyce Giles, who with Barbara, early in a planning process that included two reconnaissance visits, patiently answered our questions and helped to ensure a quality experience for all of us.

More information on the tour is included in the Mare Island Tour Newsletter

Photos provided by John Koelsch:


Machine Shop -Mare Island Naval Shipyard©

Mare Island Naval Shipyard©

Spring 2013 Tour – Historic SF Residence Parks

It was a persistent marine layer–unusual for springtime–that greeted participants, on April 27, in the NCCSAH tour of San Francisco’s most distinguished residence parks. Located near the west portal of the Twin Peaks streetcar tunnel, the 100-year old garden suburbs of St. Francis Wood and Ingleside Terraces feature detached houses set on ample lots.

NCCSAH board member Richard Brandi led the morning tour of St. Francis Wood, which included a look inside a Colonial Revival style house designed by Henry Gutterson and an English cottage style house designed by Masten & Hurd. Last year Richard published San Francisco’s St. Francis Wood.

After a sit down lunch at the Lakeside Café, which gave the group of twenty-two a bit of a respite and the opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues, Woody LaBounty led the tour through Ingleside Terraces. Woody is a founder of the Western Neighborhoods Project, dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and culture of the city’s west side. Last year he published Ingleside Terraces: San Francisco Racetrack to Residence Park.


Our thanks to Edward Anderson and Paul Hill for sharing their St. Francis Wood homes with us and, of course, to Richard and Woody for leading interesting and informative tours.

A footnote: According to one participant’s pedometer, the group logged in seven miles!

More information on the tour is included in the Historic SF Residence Parks Tour Newsletter