Six charming Queen Annes show off the City by the Bay’s more colorful side.
Six charming Queen Annes show off the City by the Bay's more colorful side.
Among all the refurbished Victorian houses in San Francisco, the most photographed would have to be the six three-story Queen Annes on the city's famed Postcard Row in the 700 block of Steiner Street. Built between 1892 and 1896 by developer Matthew Kavanaugh, these gingerbread showplaces survived both the 1906 earthquake and draconian attempts at urban renewal in the 1960s. Today, thanks to the efforts of preservation-minded residents, their pastel facades combine with others on Alamo Square to create an elegant visual feast.
Photography by Catherine Karnow
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Postcard Row—710 through 720 Steiner Street, on Alamo Square in San Francisco—consists of private residences not open for tours.