Photographed The Painted Ladies

One of my favorite things about this city is that it has a very persistent personality.  It’s modern and metropolitan yet steeped in tradition as well.  I believe you’ll also find the same is true about native San Franciscans.  This is why even though I enjoy the Tech Museum, I also get really excited about a baseball team that moved here in 1958 or riding a cable car from end to end or getting burritos from the Mission or seeing old and beautiful architecture.

There were about 48,000 Victorian and Edwardian houses built in the late 19th century and early 20th century in San Francisco, and many of the houses were painted in bright colors.

One of my favorite Victorian rows is in the Haight-Ashbury district on Waller Street.  I pass by these every day, and I love them.

While the term “painted ladies” refers to any Victorian houses that are painted in three or more colors to embellish their architectural design, the famous “Painted Ladies” are the row of houses on Steiner Street facing Alamo Square.

On my way home from work today, I stopped by Alamo Square.

It’s a very nice park.  It seems like a lot of people bring their dogs here or just come here to take pictures.

This row of houses is fairly famous.  You might recognize it from the last part of the opening of Full House or from other movies or television shows that have been filmed around the area.  It’s also nicknamed “Postcard Row” because it’s such a tourist spot.

I included a small gallery of some of the photos I took in the Albums section:
Painted Ladies gallery

I really love these old Victorians, and whenever I see really well-maintained ones around town, I am so enamored with them.  Maybe it just reminds me of home, but something about them feels special to me.  The houses like this in a row are really impressive, and I’m so glad they’re a part of this city’s history.
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