San Francisco Victorian Exuberance

As seen on the Stick Style William Westerfield House, built in San Francisco, CA, in1889, elaborate wood trim elements are frequently a significant feature on Victorian-era houses, giving them much of their exuberance.

The house survived the 1906 earthquake and fire and the 1960s Urban Renewal demolition of more than 6,000 Victorian houses in the city. It was converted to 14 apartments in the 1940s and housed various Counter-Culture collectives and groups in the 1960s. Since 1986, it has been restored to its historic appearance inside and out.

The development of steam-powered mills during the Victorian era allowed for the cost-efficient production of fancy trim. Most of this trim was made from old-growth wood, which is dense and naturally rot-resistant. Even in cases where it has experienced long periods of neglect, this trim is often in remarkably good condition because of the quality of the wood it is made from.

Chapter 13 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” discusses the importance of these elements to the historic character of a house and approaches to preserving or restoring them.

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