Also known as the “Seven Sisters” this pretty iconic spot is a row of Victorian style houses from the 1890’s climbing one of San Francisco’s many hills. Visitors come from far and wide to photograph these beautiful structures. Located just across the street from Alamo Square, that's a nice neighborhood to spend an afternoon. Bring a picnic lunch, some board games, even you dog can come to take full advantage of what Alamo Square has to offer.
The term was first used in 1978 for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their book. Altough many were destroyed by the 1906 earthquake, a great number of houses managed to survive. During World War I and World War II, many of these houses were painted battleship gray with war-surplus Navy paint. In 1963, San Francisco artist Butch Kardum began combining intense colors on the exterior of his Victorian house; due to his successful experiment, Kardum became a color designer, and he and other artists/colorists began to transform large numbers of of gray houses into Painted Ladies. By the 1970s, the colorist movement, as it was called, had changed entire streets and neighborhoods. This process continues to this day. A celebrity among the groups of "Painted Ladies",the row of Victorian houses at 710–720 Steiner Street in San Francisco is sometimes known as "Postcard Row"; this block celebrity appears in media and mass-market photographs of the city and it has featured in countless movies, TV programs, and ads.