05/04/2012 03:55 pm ET Updated May 04, 2012

Ashbury Heights Open House: 19th-Century Farmhouse Opens Its Doors (PHOTOS)

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By Philip Ferrato

One of San Francisco's oldest extant farmhouses is on the market— and turns into a history lesson.

New settlers to California built what was familiar and reminded them of home back East. While the Spanish settlers brought adobe north, Anglos brought with them a carpentry tradition, combined with the ship's carpenters who came around the Cape, and took advantage of the abundant redwood. Window glass and marble fireplaces still came from the East Coast by ship. With less need for heating than back in, say, Illinois, they could build a house with high ceilings and big windows, all of which are still intact here. On a big, densely-landscaped lot with extensive decking, it's not hard to imagine it surrounded by the remains of the coastal meadows that supported dairy farming in San Francisco until the turn of the century. Open Sunday, May 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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