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.

House of the Flag (1860)

As its name would suggest, House of the Flag, located at 1652-1656 Taylor Street next to Ina Coolbrith Park, has a patriotic heritage. In the aftermath of the 1906 quake, the homeowner stuck an American flag over the door just before evacuating due to threat of fire. Soldiers saw the flag and, inspired by the sight, used water from the home's bathtub and sand from a nearby construction site to save the building from the flames.

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