West Side Whimsy Walk

Neighborhood: Balboa Terrace/St. Francis Wood/Lakeside

Description

The state of city life in the late 1800s wasn’t great. The inherent problems of having a quarter of a million humans concentrated in an urban landscape — disease, hygiene, living conditions — weren’t being fully dealt with, leaving a dingy, dirty mess for those who called it home. To the legendary architect Daniel Burnham, it was obvious that cities should be planned and designed with the public’s health and well-being in mind. So: he and others began developing the City Beautiful movement.

Introduced at Chicago’s “White City” of the 1893 World’s Fair, City Beautiful was based on the principle that gorgeous, harmonious architecture would inspire civic loyalty. And it was applied in full to several neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks. We’ll explore the remnants of a utopian movement — including Art Deco landmarks, storybook cottages and Spanish castles. We’ll walk through the Balboa Terrace, St. Francis Wood and Lakeside neighborhoods, admiring the detail and ornamentation that went into them. Get a dose of whimsical fun — supplemented by tales you won’t hear anywhere else.

Next Tours


    None scheduled in next 60 days

    Schedule

    This tour is offered in May and October, as part of our neighborhood tours.
    There are no restrooms and tour cancels in rain.
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    Location

    Meet at the staircase next to 141 Junipero Serra Blvd.

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    Please note: Private groups tours required for groups of 8 or more.