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At first I wanted to apologize to all of you who after seeing the title of this photo expected to see something else. For those of you, who do not know to what refers the title, I have included a link to the Victoria’s Secret home page.
Instead, in this photo as well as in the info below, I tried to explain what is the secret of the Victorian architectural style. I have already uploaded a photo with most famous Victorian houses in San Francisco called Painted Ladies (HERE) which are located at Alamo Square. That photo came out a bit pink so I guess I should have used this title there...
This photo here presents another group of Victorian houses which you can admire on the north-eastern side of the Haight St and Central Ave (Haight/Ashbury quarter).

Victorian house generally means any house built during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837—1901). During the Industrial Revolution successive housing booms resulted in the building of many millions of Victorian houses which are now a defining feature of most British towns and cities. In the UK, Victorian houses follow a wide range of architectural styles. Starting from the early classicism inherited from Regency architecture, the Italianate style gained influence in the 1840s and 1850s, and the Gothic style became prevalent by the 1880s. Later in the Victorian era, the Queen Anne style and the Arts and Crafts movement increased in influence, resulting in the transition to styles typically seen in Edwardian houses. Victorian houses are also found in many former British colonies where the style might be adapted to local building materials or customs, for example in Sydney, Australia and Melaka, Malaysia. In the United States, Victorian house styles include Second Empire, Queen Anne, Stick (and Eastlake Stick), Shingle, Richardsonian Romanesque, and others.

Painted ladies is a term used for 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. Since then the term has also been used to describe groups of colorful Victorian houses in other American cities, such as the Charles Village neighborhood in Baltimore City, Lafayette Square in St. Louis, Missouri, the greater San Francisco and New Orleans areas, Columbia-Tusculum in Cincinnati and the city of Cape May, New Jersey.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5162 W: 103 N: 13249] (53242)
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