I look at this house and smile. I imagine the people living there. I imagine that they are intelligent and compassionate, with exquisite if simple taste that reflects solid Berkeley values. Is that reading too much into a beautiful painted lady? I doubt it.
After a first and second post on Berkeley’s painted ladies, I am back with a third. I have relaxed my use of the word “Victorian” to describe the architecture, happy instead to focus on colorfully painted houses, especially Victorians.
This is not a scholarly examination of architecture and I am not competing with the expertise of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association – I am simply presenting photos of pretty things that I have seen in my walks around Berkeley.
I am not a stickler about styles. I like houses with polychrome decoration that embellishes or enhances architectural details. I like frilly architectural details.
No more talk – more photos please.
To be continued – one suspects.
Two lovely houses waiting for colors. I think that they will come.
The elephants painted on the front of the house are a relic of two owners ago – Jeffrey Masson, author of When Elephants Weep.
I think that this is aqua, no? Or is it cyan? In the additive color system, or RGB (additive) color model, used to create all the colors on a computer or television display, cyan is made by mixing equal amounts of green and blue light.
As I finished my friend came and sat down in my work room. He handed me a couple of photos.
He explains “A Berkeley parade in 1961. It was a different city, wasn’t it? Still Athens of the West. The Big Changes still a few years away. Hard to imagine. What do you think these painted ladies looked like then?”
I see his point. “That’s a thought. I guess that there weren’t a lot tarted up like many of these. I’m guessing monochromatic.”
After this conjecture, I get back to our central question. What does he think of this third installment of painted ladies?
I’m new to your blog and love it. Thank you. In the mid 1980s, I began to notice beautiful multi- colored painted houses around lowere Derby Street And Telegraph Ave. I took snap shots I was so impressed. However, why I’m writing is to say that the house painting company sign often said, by “Karl Kardel.” Karl had a great sense of color. Do you happen to know if he’s still in business in Berkeley?