Eleven homes make up AIA’s 2009 San Francisco Living: Homes Tours Weekend (9/12-9/13). Based simply on the list of participating architects and project monikers, are you plugged-in enough to identify them all?
For example, first on the list for Saturday, “Boor Bridges Architecture – Ames Cottage” which plugged-in people should be able to piece together as 141 Ames. And last on the list for Sunday, “WRT Solomon ETC – Mosaica” (a.k.a. 601 Alabama).
Two down, nine to go and bonus points for guessing the first to hit (or re-hit) the market after the tour.
2009 AIA San Francisco Living: Homes Tours (9/12-9/13) [aiasf.org]
A Plugged-In Reader Reports (Rather Effusively): Go See 141 Ames [SocketSite]
Mosaica 601 On The Market And Affordable Rental Applications Soon [SocketSite]

17 thoughts on “AIA’s 2009 San Francisco Living: Home Tours (Plugged-In) Challenge”
  1. TFTI. At 60 dollars a day, it is quite pricey.
    Is it worth it ? Can anyone give feedback from last years experience and such ?
    Thanks folks !

  2. Oh, one more thing, are you allowed to take pictures / videos for ideas ? Or do they have some ridiculous “no photography” policies when visiting these awesome homes ?

  3. FYI. The San Francisco Design Center is holding their Show case 2009, Design Above All, Inspiration for Luxury High-rise Living, at One Rincon Hill, Sept. 19-Nov. 1. Open to public Tues., Thurs. and Sat. It’s only $20 AND benefits PAWS, Foodrunners, and At The Crossroads. Four homes on the 53rd floor envisioned by noted designers including Eugene Anthony Associates and Carver Schickestanz, using the latest furniture and accessories from the SFDC (www.sfdesigncenter.com)

  4. Is it worth it ? Can anyone give feedback from last years experience and such ?
    No. As someone who deals with architects on a daily basis, you will be drowning in the cesspool of their egos.

  5. All I know is that last year people paid $20 clams to see that green house on Alabama/25 in the mish. I saw a bunch of scared shitless people with “hi, my name is _” stickers. The following weekend, it’s on sunday open for free! Whoops.

  6. Hey Chad @ 9:08~
    No photography. No kids. No shoes. No using the bathroom. No labradors or poodles.
    No opening the fridge or channel surfing on TV. These are peiples occupied homes, and the owners are nice enough to leave for the day letting you wander in. Ivolunteer as a docent for one home, so I get to see others free. I wouldnt pay 60$ for sure.
    Sunset Guy @ 2:44~
    You sound like a contractor. Stay away!

  7. @sunset guy:
    as an architect, I deal with contractors all day who try to produce shoddy construction (until I catch them) and cant read my drawings half the time.

  8. Thanks for the info archi- doggy
    In that case, I don’t find much incentive to sign-up. Granted that the owners are “nice enough” to let people wander in, but then again, I doubt they are doing it for charity. They must be getting a portion (fixed or percentage) of the hefty 60 dollar (minimum) per person per day fee.
    It seems more architect-centric that potential-client-centric. By that, what I mean is, if they did indeed allow visitors to take pictures for ideas (since most of us don’t have photographic memories), then they can go home and figure out if they want a similar remodel or new construction of their homes, and in turn contact the architect that did the job on the place they took pictures of.
    In other words, the Architects could potentially harness such event to get new clients without being too obvious. That’s my thought anyways. That’s what I would do if I were an architect.
    Otherwise, I interpret such events simply as
    1. for architects to show off their “works” and gloat in their own gigantic egos !
    2. for the home owners to make some side ca$h renting their place out for the day.
    What do you think ?

  9. I am not a contractor but a “design proffesional” in an related industy. Some of my best friends are Architects and Contractors. But the Architects have the ego thing down.

  10. well..ok..you might wanna start by learning how to spell “professional”..and “industry”…
    you must be an interior designer or decorator, I would assume.

  11. Can’t take a picture? Draw a sketch. It’s much more useful.
    And, no, the owners are not getting a piece of the “take.” They do it because their architects beg, beg, beg them to – and it also appeals to their vanity. I wouldn’t do it. Oh, no, not me.
    $60? Worth it? It all depends on your interests. Some people pay that to go to a baseball game. If you are asking if it is worth it then my guess is that for you it’s not.

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