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First Hippie Commune

San Francisco Victorian House Pictures


Hippies... Murderous cult members... Underground film makers...

First Hippie Commune also called the Russian Embassy House

©2009 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.
Built by William Westerfield in 1889 at a cost of $9,985 and converted into a 14-unit apartment building in 1948, this great example of San Francisco Gothic Victorian style may have been one of the first 1960s "hippie" communes according to the book Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. In that book, author Tom Wolfe described it: "Up at Fulton and Scott is a great shambling old Gothic house, a freaking decayed giant, known as The Russian Embassy."

In 1967, underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger lived here, making a movie called Invocation of My Demon Brother, which starred Charles Manson family member Bobby BeauSoleil and featured music by Mick Jagger. Despite what some ill-informed tour guides may say, Manson himself did not live here.

In 2010, the Zillow estimate of its value was $1.4 million. It's located at the corner of Alamo Square Park at the intersection of Fulton and Scott.

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