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Authors Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen couldn't have picked a more perfect name for this rainbow-colored row of homes than the "Painted Ladies." Though these homes were painted gray during the world wars, by the time the 1960s rolled around, a cohort of artists initiated a decades-long project to accentuate the architectural details of these stately Victorians with eye-catching shades of red, yellow, brown, and blue. Their bold efforts clearly paid off: The Painted Ladies now form one of San Francisco's most iconic cityscapes.
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