50. Take a Walking Tour of Victorian Homes

May 21, 2010

photo credit: David Paul Ohmer

San Francisco is photogenic if nothing else, everyone who ever has entered into the city with a camera knows this.

One of the trademarks of the city that makes it photogenic is it’s beautiful Victorian Homes. And even as a local it is probably hard to differentiate what is the difference between Queen Anne, Italianate, and Stick-Style Victorian architecture.

So, if you are so inclined (and this should make it easy enough) you can take a Historical Walking Tour on any given day at 11am for $25.

Easy enough, right? More about this from the Victorian Home Walk website:

The idea for the Victorian Home Walk evolved from my love for San Francisco, its diverse neighborhoods and the stately “painted ladies” that vividly color them. I’ve owned a Victorian home myself for about 15 years and belong to a club of Victorian architecture enthusiasts.

As breathtaking as San Francisco is, few visitors ever get a chance to experience the real beauty and history of its neighborhoods. They might go to Chinatown, Alcatraz or Union Square, but as San Franciscans know, the true heart of the city lies outside the usual tourist stops [...]

We begin our walk with the row houses in Japantown (the best example of Victorian row house architecture), then spend some time inside a Victorian that some friends of mine own and operate as a bed-and-breakfast.

After that, we hit Pacific Heights, with its fabulous mansions, gardens and spectacular views.

The tour ends in Cow Hollow, which used to be dairy farms but is now famous for Union Street, which is our Victorian commercial district.

The tour is designed to show a wide range of architectural styles, including Queen Anne, Edwardian, Stick, and Italianate. Some of these gorgeous homes date back 125 years! [...]

So get on out and learn more about the city you live in and it’s amazing, colorful, Victorian homes. You’ll have plenty of stories to pass along to your friends and family next time they come to visit.

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