|I'm not an architect and I'm not even knowledgeable in architecture styles, but I love San Francisco for its architecture. It has a few big buildings that are very nice, including the Transamerica Pyramid. Most of the houses are either in Victorian style or very much inspired by it... even without the fine details, you can easily distinguish the idea. Here in the Bay, everyone seems to have bay windows to let the maximum of sunlight inside.|
Above you see the six most photographed
houses of the city... mostly because of the backdrop they offer.
These are examples of 'Painted Ladies'. The name doesn't refer to
these specific houses, but to all Victorian (or Victorian-inspired)
houses on which the architecture details have been enhanced by paint.
Thus, you see most houses with door and window frames with a
different colour than the rest of the house, for example. Most
houses here are painted, usually in light pastel colours. Sometimes
you see a splashing red or pink popping out, but they are somewhat a
On many aspects, I felt like I was back
to St. John's (Newfoundland)... very hilly town, coloured Victorian
houses, etc. The only major difference is that here most of the
houses are finished with concrete (stucco), and not wood.
Below, you see the tallest building of
San Francisco, the Transamerica Pyramid, certainly another signature
of the city.
Oh, yes, of course... when you think about San
Francisco, you think about a bridge... not the new Bay Bridge which
is closed this weekend for repairs (although it was never really used
much and it's not officially completed, because they found many
issues – like rust – already). You're thinking about a red
bridge... one of the most famous bridge of the world... the Golden
Gate one. So, I include a picture taken this morning. As it's often
the case, it had the head in the clouds.