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Haas Lilienthal House San Francisco

San Francisco Haas-Lilienthal House Tells a True Story

The beautiful intact Victorian house that bears the name of the Haas-Lilienthal House in San Francisco is a protected historical site. Located on Franklin Street, the Haas-Lilienthal House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) which is dedicated to the preservation of anything, including structures and buildings that are worthy of historical significance. The Haas-Lilienthal House was originally built in 1886 and survived the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 with very little damage.

It was evident that the Haas-Lilienthal House had earned the right to be the storyteller and historian of this great era gone by. With preservation as their goal, the children and the descendants of the Haas and Lilienthal families donated the house to the San Francisco Heritage, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating as well as delighting people about the city’s architectural legacy. 

The architectural style of the Haas-Lilienthal House is Queen Anne style, which represents the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1714), but because of the years in effect this was a revival of that era, which was popular during the last quarter of the 19th century and early decades of the 20th century. The designer of the Haas-Lilienthal House was architect Peter R. Schmidt. 

In 1972 the Haas-Lilienthal House opened its doors as a museum and held tours for the public. This is a one of a kind type of situation because while the tours and education about the history behind the architecture of this era is awe-inspiring, the authentic furniture and artifacts have some interesting tales of their own. They tell a quiet story that is visually taken in and can be felt through your heart, and that’s priceless.

Currently, this venue allows you to go back in time by providing an immersed experience. Learn more about the Haas-Lilienthal House.



Sea Ranch Architecture Explored

The Sea Ranch is located on an extraordinary site along the Pacific Coast Highway, along a ten-mile stretch of the rugged cliffs near San Francisco. It reflects the earliest innovations in environmentally conscious designs.

It all began with the site acquisition by developer Al Boeke. The site was originally a working sheep ranch. Boeke and his partner Richard Neutra had a vision to do something different and make an impact with the development. The Sea Ranch project quickly grew with a roster of architects which included Lawrence Halprin, Joseph Esherick Obie Bowman and others. Halprin’s master plan would define the design aesthetic and disrupted the design standard of the time, which was cookie-cutter planned communities after World War II.

The driving influence of the Sea Ranch was based on the life experience of Halprin, who had spent childhood summers on a kibbutz near Haifa, Israel. His vision was that people would live “lightly” on the land, just as the indigenous people of the region had. Some felt that the Sea Ranch was a reflection of the laid-back utopian West Coast lifestyle. The truth be told, the project was purely about design and the relationship to the land. The project details were about certain tastes, light and color, while being sensitive to the local culture, climate and place. Through the design, the Sea Ranch design left open the meadows and set back the buildings from the bluffs, creating a communal landscape. The structures were clad in unfinished wood, which was allowed to fade to gray with skylights in the roofs to capture the views of the redwood forests. The design team made the buildings part of the landscape instead of buildings that just sat on open land.

The Sea Ranch will continue to influence architects, designers and visionaries for decades to come.   

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting


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San Francisco Architecture: What Defines the City by the Bay


“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears
is said to be seen in San Francisco.
It must be a delightful city and possess
all the attractions of the next world.”
― Oscar Wilde

The architecture of San Francisco is not so much known for defining a particular architectural style. Between its interesting and challenging variations in geography and topology, and its tumultuous history, San Francisco is known worldwide for an eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture.

Part of what makes the city so beautiful is the diversity of its architecture. The oldest architecture in San Francisco is the Victorian style. The locals love a nice row of intact Victorians, but they are not surprised by the sight of a Victorian nestled up against anything from mission to modern. As quirky as it may be, there is love for this beautiful city and its architecture.

The city is uniquely picturesque. Its scenic attractions include the largest cultivated urban park in the country, Golden Gate Park and its notoriously steep streets. It is also known for sophisticated cultural innovation and experimentation. San Francisco was the gathering place of the Beat Generation in the 1950s and a focal point of the 1960s counterculture. Still known for its cultural attractions, the Bay Area is also famous for its concentration of cutting-edge high-technology firms, which have drawn even more new residents to this amazing city.

The historic center of San Francisco is the northeast part of the city anchored by Market Street and the waterfront. It is here that the Financial District is centered, with Union Square, the principal shopping and hotel district, and the Tenderloin nearby. Cable cars carry riders up steep inclines to the summit of Nob Hill, once the home of the city’s business tycoons, and down to the waterfront tourist attractions of Fisherman’s Wharf, and Pier 39, where many restaurants feature Dungeness crab from a still-active fishing industry.

This area also features Russian Hill, which is a residential neighborhood with the famous Lombard Street. North Beach is the city’s Little Italy and the former center of the Beat Generation, and Telegraph Hill, which features Coit Tower. The adjacent area to Russian Hill and North Beach is San Francisco’s Chinatown, which is the oldest in the United States. The South of Market, which was once San Francisco’s industrial core, has seen significant redevelopment following the construction of AT&T Park and an infusion of startup companies. New skyscrapers, live-work lofts, and condominiums dot the area. Further development is taking place just to the south in the Mission Bay area.

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It’s all in the details…


by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting





George Lucas ADG Blog

[UPDATED] What to Do When You Can’t Give It Away

UPDATE: January 10, 2017

It was announced after the publication of this blog that Los Angeles will be the home of the George Lucas museum. Read more here.

What do you do when you can’t give something away? No strings attached, no cost to you, we are going to give it to you completely free! How would most people respond to an offer like that? Well of course, most people would take the offer without hesitation. Even the more cautious among us would take the offer, after a reasonable amount of due diligence. Since we are agreed on that concept, we must then struggle with why George Lucas cannot ‘give away’ his proposed museum project.

George Can’t Give It Away

George Lucas is a visionary and an icon in American history. Whatever he touches, turns to gold. Nothing that crosses his desk could even remotely be considered sub-standard or shady. So why then, has it been such a frustrating struggle for George Lucas to donate a museum to a major American city? Mr. Lucas has go so far to say, that there will be no costs involved to the host city. He will pay for construction and development, the content of the museum and fund an endowment to ensure the operation of the facility. WOW, now that is a gift, in every possible way.

The problem has been that cities across the country have turned him down flatly! The reasons are mostly superfluous, citing a complete laundry list of reasons why the museum wouldn’t work for them. The most recent effort has been to try and create a competitive situation between San Francisco and Los Angeles. As with previous offers, his vision is being shot down and torn apart by those prospective hosts.

Common Sense Must Prevail

Building this landmark vision of Mr Lucas is really, in every way, a ‘no-brainer’ decision. The presence of a museum that has been envisioned would significantly enhance the culture of a host city. Not to mention, the amount of revenue from tourism would be significant. City leaders need to carve a path for a quick approval in their respective city. There can be nothing but advantages for a host city. May the Force Be With You!

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