Eureka Valley Historic Context Statement

The Eureka Valley Historic Context Statement was adopted by the Historic Preservation Commission on December 20, 2017

Castro at Market and 17th, 1944photo credit: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library - Castro at Market and 17th, 1944.

Eureka Valley includes the world-renowned Castro, one of San Francisco's most famous neighborhoods. It is a place of diverse, layered historic fabric and experience, serving as a colorful and dynamic epicenter for local residents, an historic heart of the LGBT community, and a destination for visitors from around the world.


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Historic Context Statements are summary documents that help identify, record, and evaluate historic and cultural resources by grouping information around a common theme, area, and time period. They are established evaluative tools that provide information needed to make informed planning decisions, prioritize preservation goals, evaluate potential historic resources, and provide a narrative of a community's history. To see examples of recent SF-based context statements, click here.

Study Area Map

Study area mapThe Eureka Valley Historic Context Statement is being developed for the Eureka Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. The effort will document the history, patterns of development, and physical fabric of the district from pre-European settlement through the mid-1970s. The context statement will also draw from the recently completed Citywide Historic Context Statement for LGBTQ History in San Francisco. The resulting document will create a set of preservation goals and priorities, identify sites that might qualify for historic designation, provide recommendations for future research, and create a framework for evaluating the significance of properties in this unique neighborhood.

This project is supported by a grant from the San Francisco Historic Preservation Fund Committee and is sponsored by the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association.

How to Participate

The project invites you to share pictures, home movies, audio recordings, collectibles, letters, and any other items or experiences that can help document your memories and experiences of the neighborhood. Tell us the local businesses, buildings and spaces that contribute to the neighborhood's character, and what aspects of the historic environment you would like to see preserved. It is the contributions made by the community who has lived there that will best inform the overall document.

Project Team and Advisory Committee

To contribute your thoughts, or for more information on the project, please email us at:

Meetings & Events

None at this time.

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Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association
Project Historian Elaine Stiles (Consultant)