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ArchiTour: Biking San Francisco's Best

David Baker of David Baker + Partner's Architects led yesterday's AIA "Architectural Gems Bike Tour," the fast and furious review of SF's most significant buildings. The top-25 hit list was released in April; here are the residential nods. Bikers, give us the scoop! What did you love? What did you hate? Who wiped out along the way?

SoMa— The Plaza Apartments (6th and Howard Streets) were built in 2006 by Leddy Stacy Architects and Paulett Taggart Architects.

Tenderloin— David Baker & Partners Architects designed The Curran House (145 Taylor Street) in 2005.

Pacific Heights— The 3200 block of Pacific Avenue is lined with homes designed circa 1910-1913 by several architects: Ernest Coxhead, Bernard Maybeck, Willis Polk, and William Knowles. Peter R. Schmidt designed the Haas-Lilienthal House (2007 Franklin Street) in 1886.

Presidio Heights— Erich Mendelsohn designed the Russell House (3778 Washington Street) in 1952.

Along with the Plaza Apartments, Fougeron Architecture's 1532 House also took home a (national) 2007 AIA Housing Award. Though the AIA SF series of home and building tours are now passed (along with the Dwell on Design, Architecture and the City, and West Coast Green conferences that hosted them) tour lovers may still guide themselves throughout the city with Archicasts, the AIA's new series of podcasts. Free! Fun!
· A bike tour of San Francisco's 25 architectural gems stirs conflict about our past and hope for our future
· 2007 AIA Housing Awards Honor 19 Recipients [AIArchitect]

1532 House; image courtesy Fougeron Architecture