Featured image: San Francisco’s famous Painted Ladies as seen from Alamo Square.
It’s not a difficult thing to find colorful buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area. A drive down Highway 80 from home brings me to Oakland’s Chinatown where the buildings are alive with murals. Below the mural on a city owned building is emblazoned with a menagerie of pandas, dragons and birds.
A drive across the Bay Bridge takes me to San Francisco’s North Beach. The Italian Tricolor is everywhere in SF’s Little Italy.
At the corner of Columbus and Broadway sits a building which celebrates San Francisco’s jazz heritage. Featured on the mural are Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson.
Crossing Broadway from North Beach I find myself in Chinatown where a short walk leads to a colorful alley called Waverly Place. If you’ve read Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (a wonderful book BTW) the name Waverly Place might sound familiar as this is the street where the book’s characters reside.
Looking north towards Waverly Place is the ornate 1920 building on Washington Street.
From Chinatown to the Mission District, San Francisco’s Latinx community.
A purple Victorian on 24th Street.
The building below might just be one of the coolest in The City. The mural which celebrates Carnaval is painted on the backside of a building behind The House of Brakes. What looks like a row of Victorians is actually a plain, simple flat wall and the buildings and windows are all painted on. Even in person you have to look twice to recognize that it’s all one painting and not a row of buildings.
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