The Heritage Fair Celebrates Centennial of “The House That Women Built”


The Heritage Fair is an inaugural event to benefit the 640 Heritage Preservation Foundation and its mission to preserve the historical legacy and site at 640 Sutter Street. It will take place on Wednesday, October 1 and Thursday, October 2, 2014 and is also the kick-off for a year-long centennial celebration of “The House That Women Built.”  Sponsors will enjoy a private caviar and champagne reception followed by an evening preview party filled with an array of delectable food, live entertainment by world-renowned musician Freddy Clarke, and a shopping extravaganza comprised of unique merchandise shown by boutique vendors from across the country and Europe.  On October 2, shopping will continue throughout the day, with the option of attending an elegant luncheon with Master of Ceremonies and Honorary Co-Chair Jan Yanehiro, and featured speakers Delia Ehrlich Fleishhacker, Honorary Co-Chair, and  Lois Lehrman, of the Nob Hill Gazette.

The Fair’s venue is the historic Metropolitan Club, originally founded in 1915 as the first women’s athletic club in the West.  Also referred to as “The House That Women Built,” it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for both its architectural significance and historical legacy, and has long rivaled the finest such facilities in the world. Its architects, Bliss & Faville, have also designed many other San Francisco landmarks, including the St. Francis Hotel, the Geary Theater (ACT), the Bank of California, the University Club, and the Panama Pacific International Exposition.

Honorary Co-Chair of the Heritage Fair is Delia Ehrlich Fleishhacker, whose grandmother, Mrs. Mortimer Fleishhacker, was one of the original members of the “House That Women Built.”  She is joined by Honorary Co-Chair and Master of Ceremonies Jan Yanehiro, journalist, community leader and author.  Event Chair is Cathy Goodman, assisted by a committee of Metropolitan Club members, including L’Ann Bingham, Denise Decker, Maureen Fox, Claire Kostic, Shelly Littlewood, Peggy Mitchell, Carol Ann Rogers, Karen Rose, Ave Seltsam, Betsy Vobach, and Gay Yamagiwa.  Early community supporters include Corporate Security Service, Inc., the Nob Hill Gazette, and Saks Fifth Avenue.  Sponsor opportunities, tickets sales and additional information can be found on the 640 Heritage Preservation Foundation website (