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?