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

October 2012 – Calaveras County Tour

Architectural Historian Judith Marvin led a fabulous NCCSAH tour of Calaveras County in October.  The tour began with a great dinner of “chicken in a barrel” at Judy’s amazing Queen Anne Style ranch house near the town of Murphys.

The next day we had perfect weather, a fascinating tour of the 1870s Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill where we had a wonderful lunch. Judy’s colleague archaeologist Julia Costello led a very insightful tour of the town that included her own house! In the afternoon we toured the Angel’s Camp Historical Museum and the town of Angel’s Camp. Then we had a delicious dinner prepared by local caterer Lila & Sage in the Hovey Winery (who provided us with many fine local wines) in Murphys.

The next day it was a real treat and surprise to see the small town of Sheep Ranch (population 37) which has the impressive 1880s Pioneer Hotel, a old dance hall (still in use) and a wonderfully weathered general store with its original 1930s gas pump.

Thank you Judy! We learned so much about Calaveras County buildings and history while having a really fun trip.

More information on the tour is included in the Calaveras Tour Newsletter


Spring 2012 Tour – Stained Glass

Early Saturday morning, June 2nd, saw a dedicated group of NCCSAH members and guests gather for an outstanding tour of ecclesiastical stained glass at five locations in San Francisco.

Ian Berke’s enthusiastic interest in American stained glass was the inspiration for this tour. At each stop Ian gave an interesting narrative that explained the various types of glass and the glassmaking processes, and helped the audience to recognize the various types and styles of the art. With Ward Hill, he provided historical information on each church. William Kostura offered insights on the history of St. Mark’s and Calvary Presbyterian, and Prof. Paul Turner spoke on the history First Unitarian Church.

DSC_0009The tour included a bag lunch stop at Alta Plaza Park, and at the close of the day Maggie and Ian Berke graciously hosted a reception at their Pacific Heights home, whose American decorative arts collection merits a tour all its own.

Thank you to the following people who helped to make this tour possible: Susie Moore and Rev. John Anderson at St Johns Presbyterian, Alan Nicholson at Trinity Episcopal, Carol Fox and Joe Beyer at Calvary Presbyterian, Kerry Parker at First Unitarian, and Amy Mallor and Rabbi Larry Raphael at Sherith Israel.

A mini-bus from Peninsula Tour, ably driven by Ronald, provided transportation among several of the sites.

More information on the tour is included in the Stained Glass Tour Newsletter