San Francisco is known for many things, and one of them is its vast array of beautiful Victorian houses, most of which have come to be known as painted ladies – a row of houses located at 710-720 Steiner St. Also known as the Alamo Square Postcard Row because it is a highly photographed area and a popular tourist attraction with stunning, beautifully preserved Victorian homes.
Victorian Houses Explained
The Victorian style is a general term for houses built in the Victorian era, during the reign of Queen Victoria, a period between 1830 and 1910.
There are several key elements that group them together. This includes:
- Large, imposing homes of two or three stories.
- One story porches, often wraparound.
- Steep, multi-faceted roofs.
- Decorative trim often called “gingerbread.”
- Vibrant colors.
- Complicated and asymmetrical shape.
Take a look at the 10 most beautiful Victorian houses in San Francisco today.