Thursday, January 18, 2018

"Painted Ladies"






In American architecture, the term "painted ladies" refers to Victorian and Edwardian houses painted in three or more colors that enhance their architectural details. One of the most famous examples of "Painted Ladies" is this row of seven Victorian houses on Steiner Street in San Francisco, across from Alamo Square park. Also known as the "Seven Sisters" or "Postcard Row", all of them were built between 1892 and 1896 by a developer named Matthew Kavanaugh, who lived nearby. This block of houses may look familiar because it often appears in photographs of the city in the media and has also appeared in numerous movies and TV programs, including in the opening credits of the American television series Full House, which is one of my granddaughter's favorite shows and one of the reasons we just had to go see them while we were in San Francisco. It was cloudy the morning we visited, but at least it wasn't raining! My last photo shows a closeup of the sign in the window of the house on the end, just in case you were wondering what it says.

25 comments:

BeachGypsy said...

So you DID GO to see the Painted ladies!!! aren't they amazing!! I just love them and you got some great pictures! I would love to see inside all of them!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Gosto destas construções.
Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Tom said...

...I was there many years ago, BIG $$$ there!

Adam said...

I was going to say, if this wasn't in San Fran, sure looked like it

biebkriebels said...

I like these so much, they look wonderful. Have seen them too long ago.

Sandra said...

I love them in the movies and in photos, and would like to see them. they are so beautiful. they also showed them on HGTV on one of the shows but i can't remember which one... great photos and happy you got to see them

eileeninmd said...

Hello, they are beautiful homes. At first I thought you were sharing butterflies. San Francisco is a beautiful city. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Love the painted ladies Lois ☺

Barbara Rogers said...

Great pics...I always wonder when I post about a place I visited, what the people who live there would think of what I said/saw. But these people must be used to this by now!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Some expensive real estate

:)

SRQ said...

Great pics of these beautiful homes. The appraised value of these properties must be astronomical.

William Kendall said...

That last window speaks volumes.

Christine said...

The most beautiful kind of Painted Ladies! Elegant & classic!

Lowell said...

Another wonderful SF spot to go see. These are so famous and I've seen them in a variety of media. I'd bet the one of them was used in the exterior shots for the TV show, "Party of Five." Your photos are, as usual, perfect!

Sharon Anck said...

I love that street in San Francisco. I remember driving on it on time in a stick shift car that I wasn't used to. It was a jerky ride but, I got to see these beautiful houses so it was worth it. I love that sign.

RedPat said...

They are so lovely, Lois! And they look familiar after seeing them in so many shows & movies!

Revrunner said...

Grand ol' houses, although it sure would be hard to haul groceries up and down those steps. And what did you think of those oddly shaped garages!

bill burke said...

They are beautiful, glad you saw and photographed them. It's been a long time since I seen them and they still look great.

Karen S. said...

Love seeing these, I was in San Francisco a few years ago and we first went to the park right across the street from there! I like that sign about freedom, very fitting for the times!

Kay said...

Such classic San Francisco views! I recently saw an Edwardian home similar to these in a different part of the city. It was one level only - it was two flats - and one float was being sold for something like $1.5 million. Ouch!

Kate said...

How I loved these photos of an extraordinary neighbourhood!!

A Colorful World said...

Love seeing this well-known row of houses, all in their blushing lady colors!

orvokki said...

I would love to live in any of these house. They are so cute, lovely and wonderful houses.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely looking houses.

All the best Jan

Klara S said...

And who is so lucky to live there? ...