San Anselmo, California audio tour: The San Francisco Theological Seminary: A Circular Walk

The San Francisco Theological Seminary: A Circular Walk

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

This San Anselmo walking tour covers the San Francisco Theological Seminary and its surrounding neighborhood, Sunnyside. Here, just five minutes outside of downtown San Anselmo, you’ll find a haven where the noise of traffic disappears and the leafy, sleepy streets draw you in. During the tour, you'll learn about the early history of San Anselmo, and the impact the Seminary had on the town’s development.

Highlights along our walk include:

• Several spectacular, historical buildings including the Scott, Montgomery and Geneva Halls
• Beautiful views over the Ross Valley from Mt Tamalpais to Bald Hill
• The Montgomery Memorial Chapel
• Beautiful faculty homes designed by famed architect Julia Morgan
• Local features such as community schools and churches, and our local performing arts center

This hour-long walk is mostly flat and easy. There are two stairways to get to the top of Seminary Hill, but the views are spectacular and worth the climb!

Tour cover photo credit: Jim Baldwin

Tour Producer


Alan Cascio

I consider my myself very lucky to have lived in San Anselmo for the past 35 years. I am a Member of the San Anselmo Historical Commission, a very active body dedicated to preserving and promoting our local history.

Major Landmarks

  • San Francisco Theological Seminary

Directions to Starting Point

Start in front of the Montgomery Memorial Chapel on the corner of Bolinas Avenue and Richmond Road.

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Places to stop along the way

If you would like to grab a bite before or after the tour, downtown San Anselmo has restaurants representing just about every cuisine available. There is also a grocery store, coffee shops and even a day spa should you be so inclined! All within a ten minute walk of the start of the tour. Should you like to visit the San Anselmo Historical Museum, it is located at Town Hall on the lower level of the Library. The museum is open Tuesdays from 10 to Noon and Saturdays from 10 to 4.

Best time of day

On a warm summer day, this tour is best in the morning or early evening. Otherwise any time is excellent.


Overall this tour is an easy mile and a half walk. However, it does require climbing two short sets of stairs. There are handrails and benches to rest.


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The San Francisco Theological Seminary: A Circular Walk