Tour the restored splendors of Eureka Valley
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
On Sunday, October 18th, from One to Five PM, a number of beautifully-restored Victorian homes will be opened for the 37th interior home tour offered by the Victorian Alliance of San Francisco. Once a country neighborhood with large working-class families, Eureka Valley was named for the northerly twin peak which rises above it and extends its shelter. The valley is richly endowed with Victorian houses, exquisitely renovated and lovingly maintained by today’s proud residents, blending with the trendy shops and restaurants on Castro Street, its major thoroughfare. The tour will include delightful examples of Queen Anne and San Francisco Stick styles, dating from the 1880′s to 1910, along with a magnificent Baroque-Queen Anne mansion, an exuberant celebration of Rococo and continental grandeur. A complimentary souvenir program will offer histories and descriptions of the homes.
This is a self-guided tour with much to see, so an early start is suggested. Vintage touring cars will circle the route for those who wish to use them, and comfortable shoes are always desirable. Light refreshments will be offered. Taking of photographs within the homes is understandably not permitted.
Tickets are $50 each, in advance and on the day of the tour. A discount of $5 per ticket is available for groups of ten or more. Advance tickets can be ordered online using PayPal. The Receipt will then serve as the ticket for entry to the tour. Advance tickets can be ordered by mail using the provided on-line order form and a stamped and self-addressed envelope. Tickets ordered by mail will be sent out by mail. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the tour at the ticket booth on 20th near Eureka. Advance ticket holders are given a different starting point. Click here for more information: TOUR: October 18th
THE VICTORIAN ALLIANCE is a non-profit organization committed to the preservation and restoration of Victorian and other historic structures, particularly within the city of San Francisco. It was founded in 1972 by a group of private citizens who were alarmed over the mounting demolition of entire neighborhoods of San Francisco’s Victorian heritage. Also of concern was the popular trend to strip Victorian homes of their adornment and character, leaving remuddled structures in their place.
The Victorian Alliance actively supports the preservation efforts of our elected and appointed representatives, and of other residents, endeavoring to offer historical information and education whenever possible. Every October the Victorian Alliance sponsors an annual house tour featuring exceptional homes in a different San Francisco neighborhood each year.
Monthly meetings provide an opportunity to visit homes and other historic structures, enjoy programs about timely relevant issues, share information about restoration techniques and experiences, and meet others with similar interests. The membership background ranges from seasoned Victorian homeowners to new arrivals to the area… sharing an appreciation of historic houses and architectural preservation. An all-volunteer organization, Victorian Alliance relies entirely upon the active participation of its members, according to their abilities, interests and available time. General membership meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month from January through October. Special Activities Committee meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the next-to-last Wednesday during the same months. The holiday party in December is a celebrated tradition. Monthly newsletters announce the location of meetings, along with other timely information and announcements. Click here for a Membership Application.
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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