With the exception of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco’s Sunset District is well off the beaten tourist track. The sprawling neighborhood bordering the south side of Golden Gate Park has its attractions – Ocean Beach, Stern Grove, Depression-era murals – but its foggy weather, wide and sometimes treeless streets, and row upon row of lookalike, single-family homes and boxy fourplexes hardly make it a travel destination.
Press Release: ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ Brings Splendors of Ancient Egypt to SF
“’Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ reveals the power and splendor of ancient Egypt, and expands on the history conveyed within our own collection of ancient art.” – Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The Unofficial Historian of SF’s Quirky Side
When she moved to San Francisco in 1982, Lakeside resident Monika Trobits immediately fell in love with all the usual things – the weather, the views, the people, you name it. But in time she developed a deep fascination with the stranger and more unusual aspects of life in the city.
‘Naiad Cove’ Exhibit Makes History Come Alive
Naiad Cove, named after the Greek demigoddesses, has been a labor of love and hard work to preserve the treasures, memories and history of Lands End, the Cliff House, Sutro Heights and Ocean Beach.
‘The Front Steps’: When Did We Start Saying “Inner/Outer” Richmond?
In the past, we’ve written about the history of the Richmond name and the sometimes sticky distinctions between the Inner and Outer neighborhoods, but do you ever wonder how old these terms […]
‘The Front Steps’: Whatever Happened To First Avenue?
It’s no surprise that they got rid of 13th Avenue in 1917–people are a superstitious lot, after all. And you might not know if there was ever a 49th Avenue instead of […]
‘The Front Steps’: Naming Richmond Streets
A city like San Francisco needs hundreds of street names, and you run out of obvious ones surprisingly quickly. On top of that, people turn out to have very strong opinions about […]
‘The Front Steps’: The Richmond’s Buried Treasure
The news has been a little heavy the past few weeks, let’s lighten things up with one of the weirdest of all Richmond legends–and one that happens to be true to boot. […]
‘The Front Steps’: How “Little Russia” Came To the Richmond
Weeks after I first moved to San Francisco for college I was standing in a now-forgotten pizza place, angling for a job. The owner, glancing at my resume, asked, “Do you have […]
‘The Front Steps’: Tracking Down the Oldest House In Sea Cliff
Here at the Front Steps we remain persistently divided over whether or not Sea Cliff is really part of the Richmond. But we still like writing about it anyway, because it is […]
‘The Front Steps’: Is the Central Richmond a Real Neighborhood?
Not to stir things up around here, but it’s about time someone addresses this head-on. Historically, the division between Inner Richmond and Outer Richmond along 19th Avenue has remained pretty consistent; reference […]
‘The Front Steps’: From Classic Theater To Seven-Figure Homes
Sometimes a home listing furnishes a little extra neighborhood history and character–even when said history is actually no longer with us. Case in point, a condo that just came up for sale […]
‘The Front Steps’: A Richmond Guide To Craftsman Homes
A wild new Sea Cliff listing caught our eye this week, described as a “lovely Craftsman style” property that soars up to three stories and sprawls across over 2,100 square feet. That […]
‘The Front Steps’: The Very First Road Into the Richmond
The most important thing about housing is actually transit–you’re never going to sell a house nobody can get to, and even to this day, homes in SF’s western neighborhoods struggle with the […]
‘The Front Steps’: Victorians vs Edwardians (the Richmond Guide)
There’s a lot more to San Francisco architecture (and the Richmond in particular) than just the Victorians. But that’s still all some people are interested in–and really, who can blame them? Sometimes […]