San Francisco’s Haas-Lilienthal House, a structure steeped in Jewish history, was selected last week by the National Trust for Historic Preservations as one of 34 sites across the country to receive a National Treasure designation.
While the selection elevates the house to national prominence, it also identifies the Haas-Lilienthal House as an asset in peril. The trust’s website at www.savingplaces.org has details about a campaign to raise capital for the property.
Built in 1886, the Haas-Lilienthal House is the city’s only Queen Anne–style Victorian residence regularly open to the public, complete with authentic furniture and artifacts. According to the San Francisco Architectural Heritage website, the house “is a living monument to the history of San Francisco and its pioneering Jewish community, with roots extending to the founders of Wells Fargo Bank, Levi-Strauss and MJB Coffee.”
The house was built for William and Bertha Haas, members of Congregation Emanu-El who were huge contributors to and heavily involved with Jewish charities. Samuel Lilienthal married into the family in 1909, and three generations of Haas and Lilienthal descendants lived in the house at 2007 Franklin St. until 1972.
A free community day at the house is scheduled for Oct. 21, when free tours will run from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.sfheritage.org/upcoming_events.