Day 95 : Victorian


Victorian is the style used in construction during the middle and late 19th century, named for Queen Victoria during her reign. Because there was a mix of eclectic and past styles, Victorian style had seven categories. Queen Anne, one of the categories, was used a lot for houses. If the house were painted in 3 or more colors it was referred to as a Painted Lady. The Seven Sisters on Steiner Street in San Francisco is a prime example. Victorian design included some but not all of these features: gabled roof, vergeboard (gingerbread), many intricate window frames, bay window, turret, cupola, asymmetrical facade, dormer window, massive stone bearing wall, porches, and entries with paired columns.

Sandy: I couldn’t finish the drawing. My hand was tired trying to draw the details. I could barely print the words Victorian Italianate.  My husband and I were married in the Whittier mansion, a grand Richardsonian Romanesque Victorian. Our second child was delivered by her dad in the hallway of our Queen Anne Victorian house in the Haight, San Francisco. The house was painted blue, trimmed in white and red. And the Bremner family vacation home of 120 years may be called a Folk Victorian.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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