Mystery tiny Victorian house appears outside Golden Gate Park

A mysterious mini Victorian House has appeared in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
A mysterious mini Victorian House has appeared in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Photo credit Jim Taylor/KCBS Radio

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – A miniature model of a blue-and-yellow Victorian home is leaving Golden Gate Park visitors perplexed after it appeared outside the park's southern entrance late last week.

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The model is on top of a tree stump that sits about 40 feet high and looks over Mothers Meadow, but no one knows how it got there, SFGATE reported.

Tamara Aparton, a San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department spokesperson, shared with the website that the house has been a mystery to workers for more than a month. "As far as we can tell, it appeared about six weeks ago without explanation," Aparton told SFGATE in an email.

It sits atop a tree stump.
It sits atop a tree stump. Photo credit Jim Taylor/KCBS Radio

Nonetheless, the model, that was meticulously crafted, features a replica of a home painted blue and yellow.

On top of not knowing when it arrived, it is also unclear who created the home, with no signature present but a handwritten message saying, "Where there is hatred, let us sow love."

Now the home is set to keep its place, with San Francisco Recreation and Park Department general manager Phil Ginsburg reportedly telling staff to leave it be. Residents online have attempted to guess who could have put the little piece of architecture up, but no one has come forward taking credit.

It's a lot smaller than you'd think.
It's a lot smaller than you'd think. Photo credit Jim Taylor/KCBS Radio

One resident, Shivaun O'Neill, shared that the tiny home has a deep meaning as it honors the city's history with Victorian architecture.

"I'm always deeply moved to see our Victorian architecture commemorated in any form," O'Neill said. "The miniature house will, hopefully, stay where it is without damage or assault."

Barring any extreme climate that could cause the structure to fall, it will remain in its spot, welcoming those who visit the park. Of course, with housing prices in San Francisco, some are envious of the prime real estate.

"The square footage isn't too impressive, but you can't beat the view," Ginsburg said.

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