The Painted Ladies of San Francisco
The Painted Ladies of San Francisco are a row of vibrant Victorian houses located at 710–720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square Park, in San Francisco. Designed between 1892 and 1896, these Victorian-style houses are one of the countless numbers built in San Francisco during its growing at the end of the 19th century. While many of these old houses were lost during the 1906 San Francisco Earth quake, a large number of the mass-produced, moderate houses live through in the European and southeast communities of the city.
Between 1849 and 1915, about 48,000 houses in the Victorian and Edwardian styles were built in San Francisco, and many were painted in bright colors to accentuate their architectural details. Red, yellow, chocolate, orange, and other bright and loud colors were in fashion – These became known as The Painted Ladies of San Francisco.
In 1963, San Francisco artist Butch Kardum began combining intense blues and greens on the exterior of his Italianate-style Victorian house.