The Stories Behind San Francisco's 10 Oldest Houses
Built in 1858, the Feusier House is one of just two remaining octagonal houses in SF. (via Wikimedia)

The Stories Behind San Francisco's 10 Oldest Houses


There's more than 150 years of San Francisco history living behind these doors.

Relics of old SF, these homes are markers in time, housing memories from the Gold Rush and Prohibition—you know, back when you might have had a well in your backyard and a carriage house for your horse-drawn buggy. Take a tour of the most venerable houses still standing in the city.

Captain Andrews' House (1852)

(via FoundSF)

At 2am on a February night during Prohibition in 1927, the cops arrived at at 31 Alta Street on Telegraph Hill to shut down an all-night "tea party." Originally built for Captain Richard Andrews, the house with the Bourbon Street–style balcony survived the 1906 earthquake before later being purchased in the '20s by Charles F. Sawvelle and his wife Myrtokleia, aka "Myrtle," who turned the bottom floor into a raucous speakeasy, much to the chagrin of the neighbors.

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