My love of architecture and design combined with my passion for walking around andtelling people things led me to eventually become a volunteer tour guide for the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust in Chicago about a decade ago. I guided tours through Wright’s Home & Studio, as well as comparative architecture tours of local neighborhoods.
It only made sense that when I relocated to the Bay Area a few years ago one of the first things on my to-do list was to find a volunteer opportunity to lead people through this beautiful city. After a three month training program and many, many hours of research, I officially joined the ranks of City Guides volunteers and have been leading tours regularly since 2005.
City Guides is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the history and general fabulousness of San Francisco by providing over 90 free walking tours throughout town. The group offers tours everyday of the week, 362 days a year. I chose to lead “Rising Steel: Two Centuries of San Francisco Architecture”, which is a comparative architecture walk through downtown. I love meeting people from all over the world who join my tours and sharing insights about design and various tales of the city.
So if you happen to see me standing on the corner of Stockton and Maiden Lane some Sunday morning, you’ll know it’s totally legit. Check out the City Guides website to learn more about the tours or about becoming a volunteer guide. You can also check the schedule online to see when I’ll be leading my next tour. Hope to see you then!