San Francisco-Style Homes

Sample the delightful colors and decorative design details found on the whimsical Victorian and Edwardian homes of San Francisco.

  • Victorian Homes

    Famous 'Painted Ladies'

    'Painted Ladies' is the nickname for Victorian and Edwardian houses in San Francisco. This term was coined in the book Painted Ladies: San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians by Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen.

  • Bold, Colorful Details

    Typically painted with three or more colors, painted ladies are designed to grab attention. The colors are meant to draw the eye to the intricate details found on porches, shutters and window moldings. Photo by Evelyn Proimos

  • San Francisco Painted Ladies Row Homes

    Alamo Square Beauties

    Alamo Square is famous for its rows of painted Victorian houses, which often feature stain glass windows, peaked roofs and fanciful gingerbread trim.

  • Victorian San Francisco Row House

    Queen Anne Style

    This Victorian home exemplifies the fanciful Queen Anne style home, which naturally lends itself to the excesses of the Victorian age.

  • Decorative Details

    The Queen Anne style often showcases decorative elements like ornamental spindle work, finials and corner brackets on porches. They also feature towers topped with cone- or bell-shaped roofs. Photo by David Sawyer

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