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Spreckels Mansion

Spreckels Mansion
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Type of Attraction
Castles, Palaces, Historic Homes
Interests That Apply
Architecture, Local Culture, History
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Water/Drinks: NOT available at this attraction or nearby.
Eating: This is NOT a good place to get a meal or snack.
Restrooms: Not Available
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Spreckels Mansion

Parthenon of the West

Beautiful Mansion

Expert Pick Off The Beaten Path

2080 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94109


The Spreckels Mansion is probably the most beautiful of San Francisco's Victorian mansions. Located in Pacific Heights, its tremendous white facade is visible from Lafayette Park, where San Francisco natives try to peer over the well-groomed hedges to get a better view of its signature opulence. Spreckels Mansion was built by sugar magnate Claus Spreckels for his lovely new wife, Alma le Normand de Bretteville. Alma had already created a considerable name for herself; as a struggling artist and famous beauty, she had begun a career as a nude model. Her frame is actually commemorated in Union Square, where she served as the model for the triumphant, torch-hoisting libertine atop the Roman pedestal in the center of the square. Claus Spreckels and Alma Spreckels became San Francisco's de facto royal couple, hosting the elite in their new mansion overlooking the bay.

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Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs
Notes: The mansion can be seen from the outside at any time, but the interior is closed to the public.
Visit Time: 30min-1hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free


Outdoor with little or no covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Bus Walking
Parking Availability: Limited
Notes: There is limited street parking in this area.

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