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Hidden Garden Steps: Onsite and Online

Continuing our efforts to keep the Hidden Garden Steps accessible to onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset District) as well as online visitors, we now have a short video providing a virtual walk up the Steps.

Those interested in a more high-resolution view of the Steps online can continue to access the website virtual-photographic tour prepared by Steps webmaster Liz McLoughlin and photographer Gilbert Johnson, who were among the organizing committee members who helped bring the project to fruition between January 2010 and December 2013 under the auspices of the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the San Francisco Department of Public Works. Gilbert’s wonderful high-quality photographs and Liz’s links to those photos will continue to be added to the Hidden Garden Steps website as the two of them move toward completing that online project.

Liz is also continuing to collect, edit, and post the backstories from the more than 600 donors whose names appear in the tiles that project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher wove into the entire mosaic.

For more information about ongoing Hidden Garden Steps activities (including monthly clean-ups), please contact site stewards Paul Signorelli and Licia Wells at

Steps Online Presence Growing: Reviews on TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor has become the latest place online where Hidden Garden Steps supporters are expressing their delight about the completed project on 16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets, in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset District—two blocks away from the original ceramic-tiled staircase (on Moraga Street, between 15th and 16th avenues).

TripAdvisor_LogoA review published in June 2014 calls it “another beautiful addition to the city,” and a second posting later that month provides more background and a dozen photos providing a glimpse of what the site provides.

HGS--Logo--2013--10-5--CandelaThe Hidden Garden Steps project has always relied on an interwoven and carefully-managed series of face-to-face and online updates to reach its audience. Members of the Hidden Garden Steps organizing committee started and continue to maintain Facebook and Twitter (@GardenSteps) accounts along with an ever-growing website. Installation of the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic that was designed and created by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, has taken social media coverage to new heights as visitors themselves have begun posting unsolicited reviews on Yelp, check-ins on FourSquare, numerous photographs on Instagram, and the new reviews on TripAdvisor.

A compilation of articles and postings is maintained by Friends of the Hidden Garden Steps volunteers on! and is available at Numerous other links to social media postings and online photographs are available at the bottom of the project website, at