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Painted ladies

In American architecture, painted ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies - San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians.

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I always think of the Painted Ladies as being so colorful, like gingerbread houses, but there's a roundup of Black Painted Ladies by California Home and Design that's super interesting.

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