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.

Tanforan Cottages (1853-1854)

Known as the Tanforan Cottages, the former farmhouses at 214 and 220 Dolores Street belonged to rancher Toribio Tanforan, whose family also owned the land where Tanforan Mall now stands. The property at once had a well on its lot—the water came from a nearby stream that flowed from Yerba Buena; the house at 220 still has a carriage house behind the main home.

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