The Top Victorian Neighborhoods in the US

  • Bonnie Spindler
  • 12/20/14
If you were to ask anyone where to find authentic Victorian houses in the US, they’d probably tell you San Francisco. While San Francisco’s many neighborhoods are filled with charming and extravagant Victorian houses, there are other cities across the US where you can get a taste of that Victorian charm. Read on to find out more about some of the top Victorian neighborhoods in the US.

Almost Every Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is known worldwide for its many collections of still-standing Victorian houses. From the infamous “Painted Ladies” in Alamo Square, to the grand mansions in Pacific Heights, to the modest homes in Bernal Heights, visitors come from all over to appreciate the beautiful architecture.
During the Victorian era (1837-1901), over 50,000 Victorian houses were built in the city of San Francisco. Unfortunately, the 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed nearly 75 percent of these homes. In the following years, many more Victorian houses were destroyed and replaced with modern construction. The Victorian Alliance of San Francisco was founded in 1973 to preserve and restore the remaining Victorian houses that make this city so special.

Old Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky

Old Louisville is a historic neighborhood, filled with Victorian architecture. Almost all of the neighborhood’s houses and buildings are made of brick, and many feature stained glass windows. If you wander the streets of this neighborhood, you’ll find the Victorian styles of Queen Anne, Romanesque, Gothic, and Italianate. Take a tour of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, a restored Victorian home built in 1908.

Garden District in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is rich with historic homes and buildings. The city’s Garden District is one of the best places to view historic architectural styles of Italianate, Greek Revival, and Queen Anne Victorians. Take a free walking tour of the district or a tour of the Opera Guild Home to get a feel for the city’s history.

Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Summit Avenue is home to many of Saint Paul’s oldest and most unique buildings. Visit this neighborhood to see the previous homes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and many former politicians. Take a tour of the 36,600-square-foot James J. Hill House to experience what it would have been like to live in one of the most extravagant Victorian houses in 1891.

Lafayette Square in St. Louis, Missouri

Lafayette Square became St. Louis’s first historic district in 1972. It has been named one of “America’s Prettiest Painted Places” because of its collection of “painted ladies” that surround Lafayette Park. Plan your trip to St. Louis during the first weekend in June or the second Sunday in December for a chance to tour some of the neighborhood’s Victorian houses.

Cape May Historic District in Cape May, New Jersey

Located on the south end of the Cape May Peninsula in New Jersey, this district is one of America’s first seaside resort towns. Many of its buildings and houses were built in the Late Victorian styles, including the Stick, Shingle, and Bungalow styles. Stay at The Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast, an inn made up of three restored 1880s homes.
If you are itching for a vacation, consider visiting one of these great historic neighborhoods. When you’re ready to buy one of these beautiful Victorian houses for yourself, contact me. No one knows more about San Francisco’s Victorians or will work harder to get you into your dream home.

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