American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Announcing the 2013 San Francisco Living: Home Tours Weekend | September 28+29

Posted on July 23, 2013

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and Center for Architecture + Design present the 2013 San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular weekend showcases a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations and multi-family residences, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect's point of view.

Homes are open on either Saturday, September 28 or Sunday, September 29 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Throughout the weekend, tour participants can see some of the latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living. Learn more about the projects and participating firms below.


Hill House | Cary Bernstein Architect

This project involved the renovation and expansion of a single-family residence in Glen Park. The interior topography and rear-yard terracing integrate the house with the hill, expand the sense of space and unify the site. Stone tile flooring insets into hardwood and continues to the exterior to mark circulation paths and clarify the parti. Windows on four sides of the building, five skylights and a 12-foot clerestory fill this mid-block home with light.

Lower Haight Residence | Kennerly Architecture & Planning

On a through-block lot, this house responds with two faces: a restored Victorian facade that addresses the more formal frontage and a modern one that opens to the opposite street. The old facade is an elegant mask fronting three original rooms, while the modern face is an open gable framing two levels of family rooms with operable glass walls and a syncopated screen of white recyclable plastic.

Winfield Residence | Arleo Architecture and Design

A husband and wife owner/architect team transformed a mundane ‘60’s stucco box situated on a steep slope into a sophisticated dwelling that responds to the needs of their growing family. The design celebrates bridge to bridge views while maintaining privacy on the narrow street frontage. The third floor addition captures kitchen, living and dining functions in a simple glass box wrapped with a skatelite rainscreen system.

Clara | farm

A two-story wood office/warehouse structure in SOMA was converted to a single family residence with a ground floor office and studio. A large opening made in the roof allows natural light into the core of the living area and provides the space for a new stair leading to a penthouse addition and roof deck.

Mission Residence | Richard Johnson Design

Conceived as an urban cabin, this single-family home responds to a uniquely urban set of site conditions. The original 1907 structure was constructed out of material salvaged from the 1906 Earthquake. Serving as an intermediate dwelling, post earthquake, its small footprint and tightly arranged spaces gave the designers an opportunity to respond to the existing structure by rethinking the layout and flow of the spaces, while working within the existing building envelope and its inherited spacial constraints.


Telegraph Hill Residence | Paulett Taggart Architects

The addition of a new rooftop room and open living level serves as a function space for the owner of this mid-century townhouse to host frequent gatherings. Lined with retractable glass doors, the new space also joins the interior with the adjacent roof decks and connects to the lower levels via an open stair designed to bring natural light deep into the home.

Chestnut Residences | Edmonds + Lee Architects

Located in the Marina, this new 4-story, 3-unit multi-family condominium building relates in scale to the existing context of the neighborhood but is set in contrast with the prevailing style. Designed with contemporary detailing in mind, the front facade consists of cement board panel rain screen cladding and floor-to-ceiling operable glass windows and doors to allow for ample light and ventilation to the residential units above.

Butterfly House | John Maniscalco Architecture

Each level of Butterfly House (named for an installation that transitions between floors) takes on a different purpose - first, establishing new ties to the street, then anchoring family spaces to the south-facing garden, turning inwardly focused at the sleeping level, and ultimately dissolving at the top level living spaces and roof deck to reveal panoramic connections to the city and bay.

Zero Cottage | David Baker

Composed of a 712 sq. ft. living space set over a 430 sq. ft workshop, Zero Cottage is an investigation of compact, sustainable urban development and a contemporary approach to living and working. The cottage is certified LEED Platinum and features an easy-to-install exterior rainscreen system designed and prototyped by the architect, robust passive house construction, and a green roof.

Kelly Cullen Community | Gelfand Partners Architects

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Kelly Cullen Community integrates home and health through adaptive reuse of the 1909 Central YMCA, providing 174 supportive housing units for the formerly homeless, and health services for homeless and Tenderloin residents.



2128 Folsom Street, San Francisco

Built in the 1800’s as Mayor Phelan’s carriage house, Stable reflects the twin passions of owners, Thomas Brian Lackey and Malcolm Davis – food and shelter. The old carriage space is now Stable café and Mission Creek Kitchen and the old hayloft is home to Malcolm Davis Architecture. After extensive renovation Stable is also an incubator for local businesses and a meeting house for the diverse Stable community.

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