Potrero Hill Neighborhood House

953 DeHaro St
San Francisco CA  94107

Phone: (415) 826-8080

Potrero Hill Neighborhood House

In 1905, immigrants fled the oppression of Czarist Russia and settled on Potrero Hill. With most of Potrero Hill’s soil as serpentine — the best type of soil to ensure a solid foundation — this neighborhood missed much of the devastation of the 1906 Great Earthquake. Displaced San Franciscans whose homes were destroyed moved to the Hill; many of these consisted of additional Russians along with Slovenian immigrants who previously lived in South of Market.

The new immigrants, now displaced by the earthquake and fire, had the burdens of again starting a new home, and also the strains of entering a new culture. Dr. W.E. Parker, Jr., Pastor of Olivet Presbyterian Church at 19th and Missouri Street, saw the need and took action: he opened his home and began offering English classes for men in 1908. Soon afterward, additional classes were formed for women and youth.

Italians, Swiss, Scots and a large population of Irish immigrants also arrived on the Hill in the early 1900s. The notorious “Irish Hill,” located east of Illinois Street, was home to many Irish factory workers in boarding houses. Soon Irish gangs formed, and crime became rampant.

In 1918, the growing needs of the neighborhood warranted the incorporation of the Neighborhood House under the California Synodical Society of Home Missions, an organization of Presbyterian Church women. In 1919, renowned architect Julia Morgan was commissioned to design a permanent neighborhood house, now at 953 De Haro Street. On June 11, 1922, the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House was completed, mantled in beautiful wood shingle and brick, with many broad windows and balconies providing a panoramic view of San Francisco. A gymnasium was added soon thereafter.

The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, affectionately known as “the Nabe,” has enriched individuals and enhanced quality of life for generations of residents of the Hill and other San Francisco communities. This unshakable ground for stability is still needed to build and grow our community.


Since 1907 the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House has been in continuous operation serving as a multi-purpose facility providing various services.

Our mission is to serve those most in need from the cradle to the grave with an emphasis on youth.


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Past Events

International Jazz Day MNB Concert

International Jazz Day MNB Concert
07:00 pm - 04/30/2018

At Potrero Hill Neighborhood House

This International Jazz Day, the Monday Night Band is performing a FREE concert at San Francisco's Potrero Hill Neighborhood House -- a historic venue with sweeping...

Mayoral Debate

Mayoral Debate
06:30 pm - 02/20/2018

At Potrero Hill Neighborhood House

The South Beach/District 6 Democratic Club, Potrero Hill Democratic Club, Black Young Democrats of San Francisco, San Francisco for Democracy, and San Francisco...

How to talk to with your kids about race:  A Seminar

How to talk to with your kids about race: A Seminar
07:00 pm - 01/18/2018

At Potrero Hill Neighborhood House

A Seminar for Parents and Educators facilitated by Micia Mosely, Ph.D. Do your kids ask race-related questions you can't answer? The most powerful change we...

3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic: 3rd Annual Fundraiser

3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic: 3rd Annual Fundraiser
06:00 pm - 10/05/2017

At Potrero Hill Neighborhood House

We're back at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House this year for our annual fundarising event. With the support of Bayview Hunters Point breweries, wineries, and...

Credit Matters Pt 1 @ Potrero Hill 953 De Haro St.

Credit Matters Pt 1 @ Potrero Hill 953 De Haro St.
05:30 pm - 10/03/2017

At Potrero Hill Neighborhood House

Your Credit Matters: Is your credit score keeping you from achieving your goals? If you are seeking a job, a rental unit, a credit card, you know by now that...

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