The Seven Painted Ladies and Other Victorian Homes in San Francisco, California

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Good morning fellow hivers!

We are on Day 2 of our short trip to the beautiful city of San Francisco, and on this gorgeous - and a tad chilly - morning we plan to visit some of its unique and defining architecture - the stunning Victorian homes, including the so-called Seven Painted Ladies. This is a row of pastel-colored homes, also known as Postcard Row or Seven Sisters across the Alamo Square Park, which has become a famous travel destination.

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These seven Victorian homes were built in San Francisco between 1892 to 1896 by developer Matthew Kavanaugh. Patterned from architecture during the reign of Queen Victoria in England - the Victorian era - from 1837 to 1901, they were built in the signature Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture, very rich with ornate decorations.

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Alamo Square Park is a good vantage point to photograph the Postcard Row. From where we were standing, on the Park hilltop, we could see the homes’ incredible height, steep roofs, and the decorated gables in front of the house.

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We were facing east, and though a bit challenging with the light, we could see clearly the home’s overhanging eaves, detailed brackets, and front porches.

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We could also make out the details of some of the bay windows although they were partially covered by the overgrown trees on the sidewalk.

The Seven Painted Ladies Up Close

We wanted to get a front-row view of the homes, so we climbed down Alamo Square Park, crossed Steiner street, and landed right on the sidewalk fronting the Painted Ladies.

We took individual photos of each of the seven homes, being careful not to infringe on the homeowners’ properties; these homes are owner-occupied. See the cars parked in front of the one-car garages?

Here are the colorful Painted Ladies in sequential order from left to right (or north to south). They are actually painted in a combination of three or more colors. They are all pastel, pleasing to the eyes, and not overly bright.

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The gray painted lady. This is the oldest of the seven sisters; it is also home to the Ladies' original builder

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The beige painted lady

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The green painted lady

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The red painted lady

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The pink painted lady

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The blue painted lady

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The blue painted lady offers house tours daily at 4PM

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The yellow painted lady

These three-story homes each have their unique features, but they have prominent similarities which include a unique asymmetrical facade (which beautifully defies basic elements of architecture), steep gabled roof, elevated porch on the entrance area, decorative woodwork in varying designs, stained glass windows, lacy decorative work, towers, and turrets. Since the lot sizes are small, the houses are built with bay windows to increase the square footage.

The Seven Painted Ladies, like most of the Victorian homes built in that period, were originally painted in chalky white to resemble stone. They were actually made from redwood. Needless to say, they were drab and unattractive. In the 1960s SF artist Butch Kardum experimented with painting in vibrant colors - in blues and greens - and the ‘colorist movement’ caught on.

Other Victorian Homes Around Alamo Square

There were more Victorian homes on the streets around Alamo Square so we climbed back to the Park on the hilltop, and from the walking trails snapped more photos of the surrounding architecture.

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This house in mustard yellow is on Fulton St

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This is the William Westerfield House, listed on the National Historic Places; it has a very narrow facade but don’t be fooled - it’s huge

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This Westerfield house is older than the Seven Sisters; it was built in 1889 and is now situated in the northwest corner of Alamo Square. It is said to have a spooky history

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While walking around Alamo Square Park, we also took pictures of the tall trees on the hilltop, some flowers, and the airy open space.

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These giant trees are called Monterey cypress

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A couple of Japanese flowering cherries

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More SF Victorians Along the Road

Here are more Victorian homes we snapped while driving down hilly San Francisco - some humongous, some not-so.

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Victorian Homes on Lombard Street the "Most Crooked Street in America"

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A few Victorian homes line up Lombard St, a very steep and popular zigzag road in SF. This photo was taken looking down on Lombard St

Lombard St. itself is a San Francisco travel destination. It’s a one-way downhill road on what is called Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth streets with eight sharp winding turns.

Cars line up to drive downhill on this “most crooked street in America, which is just a very short slow drive, but oh so fun!

We walked to Lombard St from our hotel, two blocks away - uphill all the way.

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Then we crossed into Lombard near the cable car stop.

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We finally reached the top of Lombard St. and from there even got a good view of the SF skyline.

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Here's a picture at the bottom of crooked Lombard St.

The Fateful Years of the SF Victorians

In 1906, a catastrophic 7.9- magnitude earthquake that hit San Francisco decimated thousands of these Victorian homes. Few buildings survived. According to archives.gov, 200,000 people were left homeless.

In the 1970s, some of the homes fell into disrepair and were demolished in numbers, to give way to the City’s urban renewal projects. Some managed to be saved as part of the SF Heritage but had to be relocated. They were not as valued and esteemed then as they are today.

Well, the old 25,000 square-foot Pink painted Lady in the Postcard Row was for sale last month for a whopping $3.55 M!!

That's all for now, thanks for the read guys. Have a great summer!

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I love these victorian houses, they are beautiful in design and style. You have captured beautiful images! Thank you for sharing your tour as if we have toured with you too. Cheers!

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These beautifully preserved houses give us a glimpse into the architectural style during Queen Victoria's reign. I love the ornate designs. Thank you for stopping by.

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Great, this style of architecture is spectacular and characteristic of San Francisco that reminds us of the classic series Full House, where the characters lived in houses similar to those shown.

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Indeed! The TV sitcom Full House in the 90s was filmed in a San Francisco Victorian home, about a mile from the Painted Ladies. And there was a re-boot of the show called Fuller House, also filmed in SF/

As far as I know, the former is still streaming on Hulu, the latter on Netflix.

Thanks, @wilfredocav for reading. Have a good one.

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Hello dear friend @sisterhood2 good afternoon
What a beautiful place you have visited, I love the history of this charming city
I like these buildings, the details and the colors they used to highlight the facades of these beautiful buildings
beautiful shots, I appreciate you making us known
have a beautiful evening

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Hello @jlufer,. Thank you for the appreciative comments. We try to share pictures of places we deem interesting to some people. Glad you like them.

We see that you also reblogged the post. Muchisimas gracias! Que tengas un lindo dia. Did we say that correctly?

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If I have a lot of money, I will build one of this kind. I thought I can find beautiful lady before reading the whole blog. The architecture of these Victorian houses looks so amazing.

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Maybe when you build a house you can copy the design and style. These Victorian houses as really beautiful. Thank you for dropping by.

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Wow! The houses and whole place is really beautiful. The blue lady is my fave cool to the eyes. Thank you much for sharing to us the place you visited. Stunning places.

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I like the red painted lady the color combines well with beige. I love too Lombard street, the most crooked street. It's both a scary and exciting ride from the top to the bottom. Thank you for dropping by.

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Lovely Victorian houses! endless trekking to see the Seven Painted Ladies and take photographs! I appreciate you sharing your gorgeous pictures because they make me experience the location virtually. Keep safe ate!

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Hi @cindee08, yes we love to share pictures of the places we have visited, in the same manner thst we love seeing pictures from other Hivers posts. Thank you for dropping by.

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This is so beautiful buildings and can be called rainbow houses. These buildings very aesthetics and i wonder if each owner of buildings did make a plan and agreed to make this beautiful work beforehand 😄

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Hi @citaamanda, I have read that in the mid-1800 San Franciscans began to admire Victorian style homes. It was also said that after the gold rush the nouveau-riche locals built their houses in this style to show their wealth and material success. Thank you for dropping by.

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I'm now I love to this place Po, grabe po Ang Ganda! Feels like I'm also there touring the beautiful place. Lalo napo sa Lombard street, what an experience going up hill then the view is stunning. Thanks for sharing Po @sisterhood2 🥰

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I myself is fascinated with the style snd design of the Victorian homes and the drive down Lombard St. Goodnight, my dear.

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