Tiled Stairways to Heaven

 Posted by on January 9, 2014
Jan 092014

Golden Gate Heights
16th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton

16th Avenue Tiled Stairways

This is the second project by Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher covering stairways in the Golden Gate Heights area. You can read about both of them and their first project here.

First section of stairs off of 16th Avenue


This project was made possible by a group called Hidden Garden Steps.  According to their website: The Hidden Garden Steps Project is a community-based, public art initiative to create mosaic steps, a public garden and a wall mural on 16th Avenue extending uphill from Kirkham to Lawton in the Golden Gate Heights/Inner Sunset neighborhood. Formal partners include the San Francisco Parks Alliance, the San Francisco Department of Public Works Street Parks program, and artists Colette Crutcher and Aileen Barr who designed the Moraga Mosaic Steps. Other collaborations include the Inner Sunset Park Neighbors, the Golden Gate Heights Neighborhood Association, Woodside International School, volunteers from Nature in the City’s Green Hairstreak (Butterfly) Ecosystem Corridor project, and individual local merchants.

Colette Crutcher and Aileen Barr



Hidden Stairways of San Francisco*

16th Avenue Tile Stairs*


16th Avenue Stairways*

Aileen Barr and Collette Crutcher*

Tile Stairways of San Francisco*

Mosaic Stairways*

Mosaic Tile Stairway Art*

16th Street San Francisco Tile Work*

Tile Mosaics of San Francisco










  5 Responses to “Tiled Stairways to Heaven”

  1. So beautiful!

  2. That is so gorgeous!

  3. Lovely write-up and photographs, Cindy; not everyone has been so diligent about researching and writing accurately about the project, so your obvious attention to detail and the kind comments about the Hidden Garden Steps are deeply appreciated (and make me want to run right over there to look at the mosaic and gardens again). Hope to see you on the Steps, and looking forward to exploring more of what you have written and continue to write about San Francisco art and architecture.

  4. These mosaic stairways are amazing. Standing at the bottom and seeing the entire composition must feel like you’re about to step into a magical world.

  5. […] in the San Francisco Examiner and on Weekend Sherpa, and wonderful articles on Cindy Casey’s “Art and Architecture – San Francisco” blog and Tony Holiday’s San Francisco park trails and public stairways […]