San Francisco-Style Homes

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

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

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.

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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