03 May 2012

Outings on Fridays

Our popular series of guided tours, organized by Sally Sachs, returns this spring and summer. Lunch is optional and not included in tour price. Lunch reservation must be made at least 5 days prior to each tour.
Tickets: $15 per tour or $40 for the series

Friday, 1 June 2012
11 am

Mission Dolores
San Francisco

The Misión San Francisco de Asís was founded on 29 June 1776. The settlement was named for St. Francis of Assisi but was also commonly known as “Mission Dolores” owing to the presence of a nearby creek named Arroyo de los Dolores. The mission is the oldest intact building in the City of San Francisco and the only intact Mission Chapel in the chain of 21 established under the direction of Father Junipero Serra. Lunch in a nearby restaurant.

Friday, 13 July 2012
11 am

The McElroy Octagon House
San Francisco

Inspired by the writings of phrenologist Orson Squire Fowler, who advocated a new “Cheap, Convenient, and Superior Mode of Building” in 1848, William McElroy built this octagonal house in 1861. San Francisco Landmark No. 36 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the McElroy House is one of two octagon houses surviving in San Francisco. Lunch in a nearby restaurant.

Friday, 3 August 2012
11:00 am

Marin County Civic Center
San Rafael

The Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Marin County Civic Center is both a national and state-designated historic landmark. Wright’s 770th commission, the Civic Center is the last and one of the most important works by this internationally acclaimed architect who has been described as “one of the most creative architectural geniuses of all time” and “the most original architect the United States has ever produced.” Lunch in a nearby restaurant.

To order tickets, print and fill out the ticket order form and mail it with a check made out to BAHA and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

Outings on Fridays
P.O. Box 1137
Berkeley, CA 94701

You can also pay for tickets by credit card via PayPal (see instructions).


Anonymous Ellen said...

Only a handful of books have ever attempted to document the number of octagon houses built in the past 160-some years since the fad took America by storm. (Includes 5 built in San Francisco with 2 wxtant.)

In 1950 Ruby Rounds printed booklet on NY octagon house and in 1958 Rochester architect published a book with over 400 octagon houses. Wisconsin’s numerous octagons were recorded by Richard Perrin in his book the Cobblestone and octagon house in Wisconsin. These only scratched the surface of the number of houses actually built.

Historian Ellen Puerzer has been interested in octagon houses since 1976 and assisted Carl F Schmist in 1978 for his 2nd book More About Octagons and is mentioned in his book.

With the advent of the internet and emails Mrs. Puerzer was able to make contact with libraries across the US for her book The Octagon House Inventory. It is the most complete and comprehensive book on octagon houses ever printed with nearly 1000 documented. The listings include address, status and histories of houses built across the US and Canada. Descriptions are included as well as 150 photos; many historic.

Hundreds have sold and only 100 copies remain so if you are interested get it before it goes out of print. Visit the following webpage for more information. Easy Paypal accessibility.


15 July, 2012 13:14  

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