Pacific Heights was developed in the 1870s when the area population exploded after the California Gold Rush. The area’s many Victorian homes
that lined the streets collapsed during the 1906 earthquake, but were quickly rebuilt. Though Pacific Heights, the area’s northern neighbor, mainly houses millionaire and billionaire residents, Lower Pacific Heights became known as an area that charged lower rents but allowed residents to enjoy many of the neighborhood’s positive qualities.
Lower Pacific Heights houses the National Japanese American Historical Society and the Museum of Russian Culture, as well as many art galleries, art schools, and cultural schools. Some of these include Tokaido Arts, Paper Tree, and JaMaROO Kids. The Gough Street Playhouse and Audium-Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space provide two other unique ways to experience this area’s arts scene.
Annual events include the Soy and Tofu Festival in June, the Russian Festival in February, and the Cherry Blossom Festival in April.