Thursday, January 18, 2018
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.