Fall 2017 Tours

NCCSAH members gather at La Dolphine

NCCSAH offered two programs at the end of September 2017.  The morning of Monday, September 25, began with a visit to the Fleishhacker summer estate, Green Gables, in Woodside, designed by Greene and Greene. We are grateful to estate manager, Hilary Grenier, who provided an intimate and detailed experience of this unique property. Carpooling took us a short distance, then, to Filoli, the estate of William Bourn, where we received quite special tours of the house and its gardens. Mondays the property is closed to the general public, and we had the place to ourselves. Our thanks to Jim Salyards, director of horticulture, who gave us an in-depth tour of the gardens, and Julie DeVere, director of collections, who led us through the house. We extend our gratitude, also, to the National Trust, owner of Filoli, and to the Fleishhacker family for opening their property to us.

The program on September 27 was intended to accommodate members unable to participate in the fall 2016 tour because it booked up so quickly. Two highlights of that tour, the Carolands and the Villa Delizia were included. New to the fall program was La Dolphine, designed by Lewis Hobart for George A. Newhall and later acquired by an heir of the Spreckels family.


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: www.johnoliverkoelschphotography.com


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