The Many Facets of San Francisco's Diamond Heights
October 10, 2009, 1:00
St. Aidan's Episcopal Church
Diamond Heights Blvd. and Goldmine
San Francisco, CA
1:00-1:30 Introduction and Historical Overview
1:30-3:00 Self-guided tour
Master planned as a "village within the city" in the 1950's and 1960's, Diamond Height occupies a commanding position on Red Rock and Gold Mine hills overlooking San Francisco and includes some of the city's best modern residential architecture. As one of the last areas in San Francisco to be developed, it was also the first to depart from the city's grid system, with streets laid out to respond to its hilly setting and offer views in every direction. This self guided tour will start with an overview of why an early plan to make it a neighborhood of skyscrapers was modified to the more suburban plan that was actually built. The tour will include visits to an Eichler subdivision and other architecturally significant houses, and explore the churches, schools and public art that make Diamond Heights a unique part of the city.