The aim of a Glen Park Neighborhood History Project House History is to provide a rich account of the lives and stories that took place in and around your house, deepening one’s appreciation of how history is alive all around us–in our own homes and on the streets of our neighborhoods.

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GPNHP will research your house, a process that results in a set of digital documents–usually a sixteen-to-twenty-page illustrated narrative, often with an appendix of ten or twenty pages of additional maps, documents, and other materials. Here is an example house history (without appendix). Right: A house history binder (optional).

The following historical information about your house is gathered together:

  • Historical maps, including all Sanborn Insurance maps
  • Assessor’s Office record of ownership, supplemented by newspaper records of property transfers
  • Census data, genealogy, occupations, and news articles about the residents
  • Directory listings
  • Water Tap documents from SF Water Dept.
  • Background on the neighborhood and street name
  • Historical context of residents and neighborhood development
  • Consideration of historical features of the house
  • Other options also include retrieving an historical photo of the house on file from the Assessor’s Office and retrieving death certificates for any death in the house.

The documents produced may be used to provide the Planning Dept with historical information about a house before renovations are made, although this is not the main focus of the house histories we offer. A donation to GPNHP is requested for the service.

For an additional fee, a binder can be produced, made with acid-free sleeves, PVC-free binder, heavy-weight paper, and good quality printing. The title goes on the spine, and the front cover gets a specially designed image. Below are some sample pages from a house history binder.

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Above: Front cover. Below: First page.

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Inside pages (above and below).

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Below: Complete table of owners and residents.HouseHistory-binder4