Victorian homes in San Francisco take on many shapes, sizes and names for that matter.
There are Italianate Victorians built between 1840 and 1856. The classic Gothic Revival’s from 1840 and 1880 and, of course, Queen Anne’s which blanketed the city during the 1880’s and 1890’s.
There’s no question that Victorian homes have a rich history in San Francisco’s real estate but just how many of you know the history of some of the city's most noticeable Victorian-style homes?
Well, you’re in luck.
Here’s a crash course on all you need to know of some of San Francisco’s most prominent Victorian-style homes.
Not to be confused with a post-punk rock band, the ‘Gothic Revival’ Victorian home is an iconic San Francisco staple.
If you’re a local, you’re likely familiar with one of the city’s most famous Gothic Revival home - The Westerfeld House along the city’s Alamo Square.
Much of the city’s Gothic Revival homes were built during the nineteenth century while inspired by medieval cathedrals found around Europe.
Gothic Revivals stay true to its gothic namesake. These uniquely built homes seem to have an “eerie” feel with their usually dark color palettes, rigid roofs, narrow frames with tall, almost towering heights.
Next up, we have the flat-roofed Italianate Victorians.
You might be surprised to find that Italianate homes began its resurgence in nineteenth-century England, despite its Italian-sounding name.
Though, the apple didn’t fall too far from its origin tree, much of the Italianate homes in England were inspired by Italian rambling farmhouses.
Unlike most Victorian-styled homes, Italianate have its own distinct features - flat roofs, beautifully ornamented porches and windows, tall, skinny rectangular frames.
A little late to the party, the Queen Anne was one of the later additions to the Victorian home style surge of the eighteenth century.
Queen Anne’s didn’t really start to make an appearance in the city until the late 1880s. But, we’re sure glad they did. Their striking design and abundance of ornamental decorations throughout the exterior and interior of the home make you appreciate the quality of craftsmanship of these homes.
Often built with turrets or towers, Queen Anne’s have leaded, stain-glass or beveled windows and spindles… plenty of spindles.
These are only just a few of our favorite Victorian-style homes. We'd love to know what are yours by commenting below!
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