Central Street
San Francisco, California, USA

{ Nikon D80 } – { 70mm } – { 1/1250s exposure } – { f/5.6 } – { ISO 100 }

Beautiful and colorful buildings line Haight Street in San Francisco, like these located down Central Street between Haight and Page

San Francisco is Full of Painted Ladies

It’s as if someone dipped a brush in rainbow paint and spread it across the city of San Francisco, California.


From the mansions on Nobb Hill to the row houses of Haight-Ashbury and beyond, you’re never far from a brightly painted house in San Francisco. The above photograph is of my favorite painted ladies in the entire city: found on Central Street between Haight and Oak.

Painted ladies are defined as Victorian or Edwardian buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The name was first coined in 1978 by Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their book, Painted Ladies – San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians.

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My Painted Ladies in the 2012 One Life Photo Annual

In 2012, my photograph of the painted ladies of Central Street was selected for inclusion in the One Life Photo Annual book. As you can imagine, I was quite proud.


My San Francisco Painted Ladies photo; as seen in the 2012 One Life Annual`

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A Few Parting Painted Ladies in Haight-Ashbury

During the Summer of Love, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury was home to some of the most famous musicians in Rock and Roll history. For one glorious Summer of Love, Janice Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane all called The Haight’s painted ladies home.

Forty years later, I also called Haight-Ashbury home and had a blast getting to know the neighborhood’s love for life, alternative ways of thinking,  resident hippies, and beautiful buildings.

For more on that experience, check out:

Living with the Hippies in Haight-Asbury

Painted Ladies on the corner of Haight and Masonic in San Francisco
Painted Ladies on the corner of Haight and Masonic in San Francisco


Painted Ladies on Waller Street in Haight-Ashbury, SF
Painted ladies on Waller Street between Masonic and Ashbury. Or, as I called it while living in San Francisco, “down the street from my house.”



Have you been to San Francisco?

Where are your favorite painted ladies?