Victorian Houses: Second Empire reflected a new kind of urban architecture, inspired in great part by the apartment buildings in Paris and other western European cities. Often, these were highly ornamented buildings with a tall and flat facade, topped with a mansard-style curved roof. Long dormer windows often sat at the top of the building, and bay windows were common as well. These homes usually had a rectangular floor plan with a central hall and double entry doors. Bays Windows, Victorian House, Victorian Architecture, Sanfrancisco, Victorian Home, Urban Architecture, San Francisco, Painting Lady, Full House
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A San Francisco Victorian with incredible details! The round arch over 2nd or 3rd floor balcony is cute, but all the embellishments are wonderful. Using gilded gold as part of the palate seems a little opulent, but opulence is the hallmark of Victoriana, and the owners have done an excellent job of showing off the architectural details of this house.
A majestic Victorian built in 1877, used as the Governor's Mansion of California from 1903 to 1982 when the governor refused to live in it! As imposing as it is, being all white is criminal. It is replete with fantastic architecture which deserves some color.