Then & Now ~ Psychedelic 60s and Elegant 2020s.

Then & Now ~ Psychedelic 60s and Elegant 2020s. In 1967, this beautiful Italianate style townhouse in San Francisco received one of the first exuberant psychedelic paint schemes that became a trend in the city during that period. The photo was taken in 1973 by Judith Lynch, who documented the restoration of many Victorian houses taking place then. Many of her photos can be found on OpenSFHistory.org.

While certainly not authentic to the 19th century, the 1960s paint schemes drew attention to the houses and protected them at a time when 6,000 Victorian houses in the city were being demolished for “Urban Renewal.” Most folks today probably prefer the current paint scheme, but the Psychedelic Phase of the house’s history is preserved in the layers of paint on the surface, waiting to drive some future historic paint analyst completely bonkers trying to figure out what was going on!

Italianate is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated with hundreds of color photos in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Exterior and interior painting are covered in depth as well.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

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