Before & After ~ Noe Valley Queen Anne Cottage.
Noe Valley is a neighborhood in central San Francisco filled with Victorian-era workers’ cottages and townhouses. Twin Peaks, just to the west, shields the neighborhood from much of the fog rolling in from the Pacific, making it one of the sunniest parts of the city. It is named after José de Jesús Noé, the last Mexican mayor of Yerba Buena (now San Francisco). Noe Valley was part of his Rancho San Miguel.
Noe Valley was primarily developed in the late 19th century and early 20th century, especially just after the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire. As a result, the neighborhood contains many examples of Victorian-era residential architecture. As a working-class neighborhood, many of the homes were modest. Some of the homes are more ornate than others. This is an example of a small house with a profusion of Queen Anne ornament on its facade.
The “before” photo was taken in 1974 by Judith Lynch, who documented the condition of many Victorian houses before they were restored. After photo from SFARMLS.
Queen Anne is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
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