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Never Built Diamond Heights | Walking Tour

  • Christopher Playground 5210 Diamond Heights Blvd San Francisco, CA (map)

Between 1961 and 1978, Diamond Heights was transformed from rural, craggy hills to a new Modernist residential neighborhood built on principals of architectural quality and economic and racial diversity. Yet, many proposals were left on the cutting room floor. Join architectural historian Hannah Simonson to discover the unbuilt history of Diamond Heights and imagine what could have been – from skyscrapers to a Mel's Diner – and the ambitions, values, hopes, and dreams of San Francisco residents, planners, and designers by comparing projects that might have been built with those that were.

Part of the Glen Park Neighborhoods Project walking tour series. RSVP required at

Note | If you have been on my Modern Diamond Heights tour, this is a completely new tour route! There will be some overlap in background information, but the vast majority of the content and sites will be completely new.

[Photograph: Unbuilt project for Red Rock Hill by Mario Ciampi, Jan Lubicz-Nycz, and John Karfo, 1961. San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Archives.]

Earlier Event: February 24
Never Built Diamond Heights | Walking Tour
Later Event: August 17
Modern Diamond Heights | Walking Tour